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Rotorua CyWay July update
30 July 2018
Rotorua CyWay July update
Rotorua’s CyWay network will be looking more complete this summer with three projects nearly finished.
 
Contractors have been working to get the Ranolf, Springfield and Western Heights shared paths finished in time for people to start using them in spring.
 
Each project is part of CyWay’s 10 part programme that supports the district’s Urban Cycling Strategic Plan which aims to provide our community with safe and enjoyable riding facilities.   Funding for the programme is shared between Council ($1.9 million), the Government ($1.5 million) and the New Zealand Transport Agency ($2.1 million).
 
The development of the CyWay network will help to connect residents and visitors to suburbs, schools, the inner city and other facilities and recreation areas, linking to main biking and shared paths.
 
Ranolf to CBD street link
 
This shared path connects the existing paths on Sophia Street and Lake Road and passes three schools, the lakefront and the inner city.
 
During the school holidays the contractors worked to complete the sections outside the two primary schools and will continue on these sections before moving to continue constructing the path towards Sophia Street.
 
The contractors were awaiting a special mesh from overseas to protect the tree roots (this is where there are sections of path missing in the block from Victoria Street to Malfroy Road). The mesh has now arrived and will be installed as soon as possible.
 
Some trees have been removed to accommodate the widened path but will be replaced once the construction phase has finished. Parking has also been retained in the area.   For anyone wondering why the kerb on the ends of the side streets are extended and rounded, these are called ‘traffic calming’ features. They are designed to purposely slow vehicles down as they turn into side streets.
 
This makes it much safer for people crossing side streets as they travel on shared paths.  The line markings in the middle of Ranolf Street will be moved to accommodate the extra space taken by the kerb extensions.
 
Springfield cycleway phase 2
 
Construction continues on the second phase of the Springfield cycleway. This portion links Devon Street west to the existing path at the Springfield Road shops.  The path is complete up to Tihi Road with some extra work to do near the Utuhina Stream bridge to improve drainage.  This phase of the Springfield cycleway is expected to be complete by September/October (weather dependent).
 
Western Heights (Schools Link) project
 
Major work has been underway on Thomas Crescent improving the back entrance to Western Heights Primary School as part of the Western Heights (Schools Link) shared path.
 
The changes will help to improve congestion during pick-up and drop-off times and will also make it safer for pedestrians and bike riders using that back entrance.   Extra parking along Thomas Crescent has also been added.   Once the final portion of the shared path is complete to Clayton Road contactors will add the remaining traffic calming features which include kerb extensions, line marking and raised crossing points.   These extra features will help to slow vehicles and reduce the risk of accidents.
 
What’s next?
 
  • In this next financial year (2018/2019) the CyWay team will be focussed on Steeles Lane, Reeme Reserve and Utuhina and Linton Park shared paths.
  • Steeles Lane was identified as a popular route for students heading to and from Western Heights High School on foot and on bikes.
  • The Utuhina and Linton Park projects will use existing paths near the streams that connect the outer suburbs to the inner city.
  • Council’s CyWay team are working with local iwi and Bay of Plenty Regional Council to gain resource consent before these stream-side projects can be started.
 
What else is the CyWay team up to?
 
  • Rotorua’s Bike Festival is coming up in October (19 – 28). Now held at a different time of the year the festival is 10 days of fun with a wide range of activities to suit the whole whanau. Council’s CyWay team will be running two events so watch this space!
  • Share With Care campaign – it’s all about sharing the love and the space on the CyWay network. The team will be working on an education campaign to remind bikers, walkers,  motorists and residents what it means to SHARE WITH CARE.
  • Cycle Skills Education in schools – our ‘bike man’ and his team are taking bookings now for delivery in terms 3 and 4. We provide all the gear and the expertise all we need is time with the children.  Contact cycling@rotorualc.nz to register your schools interest.