Public feedback to be sought on safer cycling

The NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council have plans under way for community engagement and consultation on a project that aims to make cycling safer for children.

Gisborne people will be asked how best to improve cycling connections for safer, family-friendly routes between everyday destinations.

“There is strong support from schools, organisations and communities to foster healthier and happier children through more walking, scooting and cycling in a safe environment,” said Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield.

When news of a proposed design for a Rutene Road cycleway was published in the media late last year, many residents responded positively, said Mr Hadfield.

“However, some expressed concern over potential road-closure trials. We have noted those concerns and want to make sure people now have a chance to access the research done to date, reconfirm traffic counts in that area, and to come together as a community to create something for our children that we can be really proud of,” he said. “We will share more information with our communities when the engagement phase is ready to be launched.”

The project is funded by the national urban cycleways fund.

The NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council have plans under way for community engagement and consultation on a project that aims to make cycling safer for children.

Gisborne people will be asked how best to improve cycling connections for safer, family-friendly routes between everyday destinations.

“There is strong support from schools, organisations and communities to foster healthier and happier children through more walking, scooting and cycling in a safe environment,” said Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield.

When news of a proposed design for a Rutene Road cycleway was published in the media late last year, many residents responded positively, said Mr Hadfield.

“However, some expressed concern over potential road-closure trials. We have noted those concerns and want to make sure people now have a chance to access the research done to date, reconfirm traffic counts in that area, and to come together as a community to create something for our children that we can be really proud of,” he said. “We will share more information with our communities when the engagement phase is ready to be launched.”

The project is funded by the national urban cycleways fund.

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