We’re pleased to announce that a section of the Hawke’s Bay Trails Landscapes Ride along the Tukituki River will be reinstated thanks to our Waimārama Road Cycle Trail Safety Upgrade project. This project involves building a safer, off-road replacement to a section of the trail that runs along an 80km/hour road and was deemed a safety risk.
Work starts in late January to build a new section of off-road cycle trail on Waimārama Road between Te Mata Road and Craggy Range winery to improve safety for both cyclists and motorists.
The existing 3km on-road section of the trail is part of the wider 200km Hawke’s Bay Trails Landscapes Ride network – one of Aotearoa’s 22 Great Rides.
This safety upgrade project came about after New Zealand Cycle Trail deemed the current 3km section of on-road trail a safety concern: it is on an open-road, 80km per hour speed limit area.
In response, Hastings District and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, along with Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and the Eastern Central Community Trust proposed to jointly fund a new trail, which will be more in line with the design and safety standards of this wider Hawke’s Bay Trails network.
Hastings District Council held hui with mana whenua, in recognition of their role as council’s statutory partners, and at a hui-ā-hapū with Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga in February 2020, the project was endorsed.
In addition, Heritage New Zealand archaeological approval was sought and given, and at times during the project an archaeologist will be onsite when work is being carried out on critical areas, accompanied by a cultural expert as necessary.
Hastings District Council has worked with local landowners over the trail alignments and land requirements.
Work will be taking place off-road so no road closures are required, and will take place from 20 January until April 2021.
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