News

September 2020

  • The GBCWS has proposed to Tasman District Council several options for an affordable bridge across the Motupipi River--a key area of concern for cycle safety and the top priority in our cycling strategy
  • With the proposed development and expansion of Port Tarakohe, the GBCWS is engaging with Tasman District Council on how to provide safe facilities for cycling and walking between Pohara and Port Tarakohe--particularly during construction when there will be elevated risks to vulnerable users.
  • Thanks to Tasman District Council for improving cycle safety at Motupipi Hall by provided a separated pathway adjacent to the hall for when vehicles are parked across the cycleway.

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August 2020

  • Work is underway by the GBCWS team of Phil and Wouter (with some help!) to extend the cycleway from Paine's Ford to East Takaka. It will not be ready to ride until the ground hardens and a boardwalk is built.

east takaka construction 1

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July 2020

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May 2020

  • We are running an online survey of cycling and walking experiences during the Covid-19 lockdown to provide us with an understanding of how much, if any, additional active transport activities were done given the much lighter vehicular traffic.
  • The GBCWS provided alternative suggestions to TDC on a bridge across the Motupipi river to fit within potential funding envelopes.

April 2020

  • The GBCWS continues to discuss with TDC improvements to the cycling facilities, as captured by this Stuff article.

March 2020

  • Following the February road safety audit with the TDC Engineering team, TDC are looking at options to improve the Pohara end of the cycleway.
  • The GBCWS have proposed a number of other improvements to the cycleway to address drainage and other issues.

February 2020

  • The Takaka-Pohara Cycleway is now open. Stuff ran an excellent article on the opening ceremony at Motupipip school.
  • Two representatives of the GBCWS participated in a road safety audit with the TDC Engineering team, recommending a number of improvements, some of which are in the process of being implemented.
  • With the support of NZTA, we now have signs on Motupipi Bridge reducing the speed to 40 km/h when cyclists are present.

January 2020

Takaka-Paines Ford Cycleway: 

  • Representatives of the GBCWS and others met with NZTA and their design consultant WSP to go over the preliminary designs for the Takaka-Paines Ford cycleway.
  • A number of key design issues were agreed and the design will commence with the goal of having construction completed by June 30, 2020. 

Takaka-Pohara Cycleway: 

  • Construction has recommenced on the Takaka-Pohara Cycleway. 
  • In response to a road safety audit done by a GBCWS member, TDC have installed 'No Parking' signs along the cycleway in an effort to address the number of vehicles parking and blocking users. 

TDC Active Transport Strategy: Tasman District Council is soon to start consultations on how to increase active transport. A copy of their pre-consultation presentation is here.

December 2019

The cycleway between Takaka and Pohara has started construction, with the first section between Pohara and Motupipi completed in time for the Christmas break. Check out the article in the GB Weekly here.

Great news on the next developments for active transport in Golden Bay:

  • Funding was approved for the construction of the Takaka-Paines Ford cycleway, with construction anticipated to be completed by the end of June 2019
  • NZTA have confirmed that they are commencing the technical work for the first phase of the Takaka-Collingwood cycleway: Takaka-Rangihaeta. Investigations will commence soon with the goal of construction starting in the summer of 2020.

November 2019

The GBCWS team met with the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter during her visit to Golden Bay to discuss our vision for 'Golden Bay Trails', and what we needed to do in order to realize this vision. 

September 2019

The pre-feasibility study for the proposed Takaka-Collingwood cycleway is completed. It can be downloaded here. A meeting was held with Damien O'Conner, our local Labor Member of Parliament, who was very supportive of the GBCWS efforts, and promised to advocate strongly for us to advance the 'Golden Bay Trails'.