Hutt City Council’s plan to change the way the city moves takes another step forward this month, with the start of community engagement on the new Beltway Cycleway.
The new route, which will run from Seaview through the east of the city and connect with the Hutt River Trail in Taita, is part of an $28 million dollar investment by Council and NZTA in a network of walking and cycling routes which will provide many benefits for the city.
The investment includes; the Wainuiomata Shared Path which is currently under construction, the planned Eastern Bays Shared Path and the Beltway Cycleway that will work together to form a network of active choices all over Lower Hutt.
Mayor Ray Wallace said the cycleways and shared paths protect cyclists and walkers from the busy road and have been supported by the Lower Hutt community for many years.
“It’s fantastic to see the projects coming to fruition. Wainuiomata Shared Path is being constructed and we’re at the final consultation stage for Beltway. By 2020 we’ll have an active transport network that will make the city even more attractive to residents, visitors, and investors.”
A transport system that encourages people to be active is hugely beneficial to cities, as well as to the health and wellbeing of the individuals that participate. Benefits include thriving business areas, reduced congestion and vehicle operating costs, greater safety, resilient infrastructure and a better environment.
“Cycling is a smart investment; the local environment, economy and all road users benefit from it. Cities around the world are making changes to support cycling as a way to provide people with transport choices, and we are doing the same here.”
If you’re interested in this project and want to make a submission, please go to the Beltway project webpage. The consultation is open from Monday 19 November until Friday 21 December and we’ll be holding an Open Day at the Walter Nash Centre on Saturday 1 December.