No matter where we live, we should be able to move easily and safely around our townships in ways that help us to protect our safety, our health, and our climate. Council has received provisional funding approval from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency for nearly 4km of new walking and cycling paths in Otāne and 250m of new footpaths in Pōrangahau, allowing a safer way for children to walk and cycle to school.
We need to move towards a climate-resilient future for the benefit of all New Zealanders and generations to come. Transport Choices is important because road transport makes up around 35% of New Zealand’s carbon dioxide emissions. Waka Kotahi is working with Councils to quickly provide people with more transport options, making it easier to travel in ways that are good for the environment while making it safer for people to walk and cycle when they want to.
In December 2022, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council was selected by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as one of 46 Councils across Aotearoa New Zealand to receive funding to improve the safety and connectivity of local streets.
For Central Hawke’s Bay, this initiative will provide funding for new footpaths and cycling options in two townships where none previously existed:
Waka Kotahi is working with Councils to explore how projects can be progressed in line with Transport Choices timeframes, and funding allocations may be adjusted after this consultation.
Transport Choices, like Streets for People, is a national programme for safer, healthier streets, fully funded by Waka Kotahi.
This project has been a long time in the making; our Otāne and Pōrangahau communities have long been calling for safer active transport options, but it would have been unaffordable if these improvements were funded through rates alone.
Through the Waka Kotahi Transport Choices programme we are at last able to make walking and cycling safer and healthier in these communities.
Cyclone Gabrielle followed the wettest winter on record, and we're seeing first-hand the impact of our changing climate. Transport Choices funding will help us provide the option to make small, healthy changes to reduce transport emissions.
Both the Streets for People and Transport Choices projects are Waka Kotahi-funded initiatives that aim to help Councils create safer, healthier streets for people to get around, making it easier to choose to cycle or walk short journeys and encouraging some of the changes we can make to reduce emissions.
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