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New way for cyclists

Two of the region's newest cycleways are open and a cycling party is planned to celebrate them.

The Tour de iWay on Sunday, October 9, starting at 11am, offers the opportunity to take part in a great community event for all ages, and for people to try out two of the first iWay routes in Napier

Up for grabs are some great spot prizes, and cyclists will also have the chance to win a new bike.

The event, which starts and finishes from the reserve opposite Napier Boys High School, covers both the off-road Georges Drive and Riverbend Road routes. Together they add up to 7km – flat and off road all the way. There will be a free bouncy castle, a sausage sizzle for riders, and Waggs and Megan from The Breeze Hawke’s Bay Breakfast show will be in charge of a treasure hunt during the ride.

If the  weather is bad the event will be moved to October 15.

The iWay network began in Hastings and was extended to Napier last year through a six year programme of investment. The programme is now being delivered in four years, thanks to investment from the Government’s Urban Cycleways Fund.

The third route built under the iWay banner runs alongside Westminster Ave, from the Prebensen Drive end of Orotu Drive, alongside Park Island, to York Ave, just across from Anderson Park.

All iWay routes built during the accelerated four-year programme will be one third funded by Napier City Council, a third from the Urban Cycleways Fund, and the remainder by the NZ Transport Agency. The iWay network will increase the number of safer and connected routes for people to cycle to school and to work. More than 8000 students live within 500m of these routes.

The iWay network in Napier is seen as complementing the existing and planned Rotary Pathways Trust routes and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council managed trails, which are part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

For more information, see: www.facebook.com/loveiway or www.iway.org.nz. - Napier City Council

4 October 2017

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