This Strategy has been prepared to provide a framework to increase walking and cycling participation in the Kaipara district. It includes initiatives to develop and expand walking and cycling networks, for both local journeys as well as long distance touring routes to support economic growth. The Strategy also identifies opportunities for the district to collaborate with key partners to jointly fund and connect key linkages and develop behaviour change initiatives to change attitudes to walking and cycling.
The social, environmental, economic and health benefits of cycling are well understood and there is increasing support and investment in the development of walking and cycling infrastructure. Providing safe and connected walking and cycling networks will take time and money, and this Strategy will provide Kaipara with priorities for investment. Key routes that support local and commuter trips, as well as linkages for recreational and tourism journeys that can provide economic benefits to the region have both been identified. Establishing and prioritising a network of routes will allow Kaipara to take advantage of new and evolving opportunities and pursue partnerships as they arise, maximising the benefits of Council’s investment.
This Strategy considers the national, regional and local frameworks that walking and cycling initiatives in the Kaipara district seek to align with. In particular, contributing to the vision of a regional framework for Northland, desired by NZ Cycle Trails. Additionally, the Strategy aligns with the national direction of the Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport Funding 2018/19 – 2027/28, regional goals of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan, Twin Coast Discovery Highway Route Development and the Northland Regional Land Transport Plan, and fnally, closely reflecting local plans for walking and cycling already developed in some townships throughout Kaipara.
Note that this Strategy proposes high level projects and initiatives that will enhance and expand walking and cycling networks, as well as improving road user safety, and encouraging and promoting these modes. These projects are listed in the implementation plan section of this Strategy. This is not focused on footpath extensions or small scale projects, except where considered a priority. Further investigation, feasibility and costings of projects is required.