Govt $333m Urban Cycleways Programme achieves halfway point

  • Simon Bridges

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today marked the halfway point for the Government’s $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) with the completion of a section on the Little River Link cycleway.

“The UCP is making a real difference to cycling in the regions all around New Zealand, and today’s opening is just another example of this successful programme,” Mr Bridges says.

“The opening of the Barrington to Moorhouse section of the Little River Link cycleway in Christchurch marks the halfway point for the Governments $333 million UCP.

“The link will provide safer options for central city commuters living in the Addington and Selwyn districts, as well as new developments in the South West of the City.

“Christchurch has vision to be a cycle-friendly city. The completion of this $6.7 million section will help cater for and improve on the 21 per cent annual increase in the number of people cycling into the city centre.

“Through the UCP our goal is to encourage more people to cycle for every day trips. Latest statistics show that we are doing exactly this.

The improvements funded under the UCP will make it easier and safer for people to cycle, helping to ensure cycling is an everyday travel choice

The Little River Link is jointly funded by the Government’s Urban Cycleways Fund, the National Land Transport Fund, and Christchurch City Council.

Notes to editors

Key UCP Facts

  • 54 UCP projects
  • 14 are now complete
  • Construction underway on a further 22
  • 14 more in the design phase
  • Four in the investigation phase,
  • By 30 June, it is expected that three-quarters of UCP projects will either be complete or under construction

Key Statistics

  • In Rotorua there has been a 180% increase in young people cycling during weekdays
  • Average increase across all cycle routes in Napier is 10%
  • The Marewa Loop project resulted in an 18% increase in the number of Napier Boys High School students choosing to bike to school
  • Quay St Cycleway in Auckland has averaged nearly 800 cycle trips a day since it opened in July 2016.
  • In Christchurch 21 % annual increase in the number of people cycling into the city centre

Completed UCP Projects

  • Don Buck Cycleway, Auckland
  • Airport to CBD, Auckland
  • Central Park Drive, Auckland
  • Nelson St Cycleway, Auckland
  • Glen Innes to Meadowbank, Auckland
  • Western Rail Trail, Hamilton
  • Mangati Pathway, Parklands Ave to Coastal Pathway, New Plymouth
  • Longburn Cycleway, Palmerston North
  • Spring Creek, Blenheim
  • Papanui Parallel, Stages 1, Christchurch
  • Matai Street East, Christchurch
  • Little River Link, Christchurch
  • Rolleston to Lincoln, Selwyn District
  • South Dunedin Cycleway Enhancements, Dunedin