The cycle link between Bell Block and the CBD, the Mangati Pathway, is officially open.
Transport Minister Hon Simon Bridges today opened the 680 metre cycle route, completing another part of the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme.
New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young says greater cycle links in the city benefit the health, travel choices and leisure options for local riders.
“If you didn’t know it already, you know it now – New Plymouth is widely regarded as one of the better cities in the country to explore on foot or on a bike,” Mr Young said.
“The Mangati Pathway will serve as a safe cycle route between home and school for over 250 students, as well as Bell Block and outer-living New Plymouth residents who choose to bike to the CBD.
“The plusses add up for more than just professional commuters – the Mangati Pathway links up to the Coastal Walkway and the Forgotten World Highway Cycle Trail as well.
“There is more to come for cyclists in New Plymouth. Work on the Coronation Avenue Cycleway is set to move ahead later this year,” Mr Young said.
Through central and local government funding, $333 million of new cycleway projects will be delivered throughout New Zealand over the next three years, representing the single biggest cycling investment the country has seen.