A government promise to spend $100 million more on urban
cycleways over the next four years could have direct benefits
for Dunedin, National list MP Michael Woodhouse says.
The initiative was announced yesterday by Prime Minister John
Key, who early in 2009 allocated $50 million - since topped
up by a further $8 million- towards a national cycleway.
The new money for urban cycleways, to be drawn from the
Government's consolidated fund, will be in addition to
between $45 million and $103 million already announced for
the next three years for walking and cycling from road fuel
Mr Woodhouse said an urban cycleway investment panel would be
set up to investigate opportunities to invest in and expand
urban cycle networks.
''Now it's up to Dunedin to make sure we secure some of the
$100 million available,'' he said.
This was the opportunity Dunedin needed to complete the
cycleway on State Highway 88 from St Leonards to Port
Chalmers, and to build a separated cycleway running in both
directions on the State Highway one-way systems.
''These are both good quality and `investment ready' projects
and I encourage Dunedin City Council and all those who have
been advocating for these projects to make sure Dunedin
benefits from this new funding.''
Those were the types of proposals the urban cycleway
investment panel would look to invest in, he said.
The panel would include representatives from central
government, local government and other organisations.
Draft terms of reference would be presented to cabinet by
The news came as Otago Peninsula Community Board chairwoman
Christine Garey urged the Dunedin City Council yesterday to
find a way to complete the Portobello Rd-Harington Point Rd
safety improvements project, which includes a shared
cycle-pedestrian path along the peninsula's harbourside road,
in the next four years instead of the next 10.
Council staff are expected to report back to the council in
September on how the funding could be found to accelerate the
Council operations programme engineer Michael Harrison said
the project might not be considered for the newly announced
funding as it was technically a safety improvement project,
rather than a commuter cycleway project.