Napier Water Ride Next In Cycleway


Napier’s new addition to the New Zealand Cycleway will be a 78k Water Ride.

It will take in Napier’s Marina precinct, and then loops through a wetland estuary, with views of landmarks, coastal scenery and wildlife, while also passing through both Maori and European cultural heritage areas.

It is costing $1.8m. The government is investing $712,000 with the balance being made up by funding from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Napier Rotary Pathways Trust.

The funding agreement will be signed this afternoon by New Zealand Cycle Trail Project Manager Jonathan Kennett and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Fenton Wilson.

The Hawke’s Bay Trails, made up of the new Water Ride (78km), and the already approved Landscapes Ride (55km), are a joint initiative of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and The New Zealand Cycle Trail project.

The Water Ride stands on its own as a day-loop option but riders can add on the Landscapes Ride, where the first section is already open, for longer riding or multi-day options. The Water Ride can also be used by commuters to Bay View, the airport and Napier. It’s a grade-1 ride that will cater for all levels of riding ability including families and cyclists of any age.

And also in cycling news today… Environment Waikato councillors will next week formally consider whether they will endorse in principle the idea of a national cycling centre of excellence facility being based between Hamilton and Cambridge.
It has received a briefing from a joint Waikato-Bay of Plenty bid that is arguing for a new multi-million velodrome to be built in the Waikato, with financial contributions hopefully coming from central and local government, and from a range of private sources.

The bid has been developed after Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) called for expressions of interest.

EW deputy chairman Simon Friar said the proposal from the two regions was “most interesting”.

“I personally see that establishing such a facility here could provide the region with significant recreational and economic benefits. It would also help foster emerging cycling talent in our regions and nationally.”

At a workshop next week, councillors will discuss whether to formally endorse in principle the bid’s proposal to have a velodrome at the suggested site.

Any such endorsement in principle from EW could then be included in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty proposal to be put to SPARC.





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