New report highlights benefits of Regional Cycle Network

Many New Zealand regions have a connected network of cycle trails and promote their region as a cycling destination.

Establishing a Regional Cycle Network in the Bay of Plenty – a recently released report from Bay of Connections – outlines how the Bay of Plenty can build upon existing investments to offer a similar experience for residents and manuhiri (visitors).

Drawing together social, cultural, environmental, transport and economic perspectives, the report considers the opportunity to better connect and develop cycle networks and trails in the wider region.

Promoting sustainable tourism, active lifestyles and low-carbon transport options are among the benefits of having an improved approach to cycling infrastructure.

In preparing the report, Bay of Connections worked with a diverse group of stakeholders, who were engaged to understand existing networks and future potential.

Tim Hurdle, Bay of Connections Leadership Group Chair, says, “there is tremendous local support and passion for developing cycling networks across our region, and the ideas and experiences shared by stakeholders have built a strong knowledge base to develop future actions”.

“This report will help groups to develop plans to enhance cycling infrastructure in their local area.”

The report has been prepared in two formats; a concise version, and a full version that includes a stocktake of existing cycle networks, strategies and future investment plans by district and adjacent national and regional networks, and a summary of the national and regional policies, strategies and plans shaping planning and investment decisions on mode shift, walking and cycling in the Bay of Plenty.