Cycle Strategy

Reference: S07-002
Status: Approved by the Council  on 28 August 2007

The purpose of this strategy is to set priorities for works and initiatives to be carried out regarding the planning, managing and promoting of cycling in the New Plymouth District.

The Cycle Strategy covers the whole of New Plymouth District and focuses mainly on:

  • Ensuring the provision of a cycle friendly network infrastructure for cycling.
  • Improving cycle safety for commuters and recreational cyclists.
  • Promoting cycling as a viable mode of transport.
  • Promoting cycling as a fun, healthy recreational activity.
  • Provision of supporting information, resources, advocacy, and education.

The goal is for New Plymouth to be “attractive and accessible for cycling for commuting and recreational journeys alike”.

There are three simple objectives and all proposed actions relate to these objectives.

  • To increase the role of cycling as a viable mode of transport.
  • To improve cycle safety through network improvements and education.
  • To promote cycling as a healthy and fun recreational activity.

Cycling has the potential to make a significant contribution to an integrated and sustainable transport system. Cycling has little impact on the built and natural environment, particularly in relation to pollution, making it an environmentally friendly form of transport. It is also a healthy form of travel, providing an alternative to the car for travel to and from work or school and is also a popular activity for families and sports enthusiasts.

It is recognised that the strategy will require significant effort and commitment and that the council is only one part of the picture. The council will also take a leadership role in inspiring, influencing and encouraging other key organisations to play their part in achieving the goal for cycling in New Plymouth.

What is particularly important in the strategy?

  • The emphasis is about encouraging more people to cycle, especially to work or school so there is an emphasis on improving safety and easy access.
  • Being a cycle friendly district has many benefits for individuals, communities and entire cities.
  • It recognises different types of cyclists and caters to their different needs and aspirations.
  • It has achievable and defined actions, specific timeframes, and reporting requirements so progress can be monitored.
  • It acknowledges that a cycle network exists, but that it is disjointed in parts, lacks connectivity and could be safer for cyclists in some places.
  • It is supported by national, regional and district level organisations including Land Transport New Zealand, New Zealand Police and others.

The implementation will be funded from many sources including initially our existing budgets in Parks and Roads, through applications to Land Transport New Zealand, Transit New Zealand and the our Long Term Plan (LTP) for major cycle improvement projects, and potentially also by contributions from other organisations. 

Status: The Cycle Strategy was adopted by the Council in August 2007.  

What’s next?
A Cycle Strategy Implementation Team from Roads, Parks and Projects has been set up and is working on implementing the strategy.