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New footpaths improve walking and cycling options

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Pedestrians in the Far North will soon have more safe walking options with 12 new footpaths to be built across the District this financial year.

The paths were selected by the district’s three Community Boards based on suggestions from the public, and a matrix that assesses footpath projects in order of priority. Matrix criteria includes pedestrian safety, proximity to schools, marae, medical centres and rest homes, and whether the new path will extend the existing network.

Of the 12 paths to be built before July, eight will receive funding from the NZ Transport Agency.

General Manager - Infrastructure and Asset Management, Andy Finch, says key goals in extending the District’s 196km footpath network are to increase pedestrian safety, improve public health, boost economic and social opportunities, and provide ratepayers with value for money.

"We want to do all we can to encourage cycling and walking in the district and improve community access for those with disabilities. Our difficult geography does not always make that easy or affordable, so we are grateful for funding assistance from NZTA."

He says staff will continue to work with NZTA to fund more footpath projects next financial year.

Far North Footpath Projects

Te Hiku Ward

Te Hiku Community Board has allocated funding to build five new footpaths by July 2019.

Four paths will be built in Kaitaia. These will:

Link Church Road with the Arnold Rae Park ticket gate.

Link Pukepoto Road pedestrian crossing with the existing bus stop footpath in front of Kaitaia College. Work will coincide with school holidays starting 15 April.

Extend an existing path for 396m along Donald Road to the intersection with Hillcrest Road.

The Community Board will also contribute funds towards a 2.2m-wide shared-use path through Centennial Park.

At Doubtless Bay, links between Coopers Beach and Mangonui will be improved with a new path along State Highway 10 starting from Mill Bay Road and connecting to an existing path on Beach Road.

The Community Board has also committed to building a 2.2m-wide shared-use path linking North Park Drive in Kaitaia to Whangatane Drive next financial year, and completing designs this year for a new path along Foreshore Road in Ahipara.

Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Ward

Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Ward Community Board has allocated funds to build three new paths this financial year and scheduled another two for construction next financial year.

Footpaths to be built before July 2019 include:

Continuing a path opposite the intersection with Hone Heke Road along Cobham Road to Mill Road.

Continuing a path from Waipapa Stream on Landing Road to Skudders Beach Road.

Extending a path on Shepherd Road to the end of Riddell Road.

The Board also allocated funding for the design of two paths to be built in 2019/2020. One will be built on Mission Road and the other will continue on Long Beach Road path to the beach car park.

Kaikohe-Hokianga Ward

Four new paths will be built in Kaikohe-Hokianga Ward, three of which will be in Kaikohe. The NZ Transport Agency will provide funding for three of the projects. These will:

Improve pedestrian safety outside the Council Headquarters on Memorial Avenue

Add a shared-use path along Recreation Road to Raihara Street

Link Thorpe Road to Recreation Road and provide the Twin Coast Cycle Trail Pou Herenga Tai with a shared path into Kaikohe.

Link historic Saint Catherine’s Church via Horeke Road to Okaihau.

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