Knowing that we had to get the best bang for our buck, we considered three different approaches to investing in improvements for people on bikes.
Note that under all scenarios it was assumed that improvement projects already planned for people on bikes would go ahead.
Investment option 1: Invest area by area
Invest most of the available funding into one or two areas at a time, starting with areas where there is the most potential to get people riding to work and education. In each investment area we would continuously upgrade priority cycleways that connect to work and education activities until a comprehensive network is completed. Cycleways would be provided on busy roads, quieter roads and through parks.
Why we chose it
We can create a connected network of safe, attractive cycleways in our first three priority areas within 11 years. Once an area is finished, we can target other less expensive supporting activities in these areas to help get more people riding bikes, things like bike parking, cycle training, promotional activities and educational activities.
The shorter implementation timeframes allow us to fully assess how successful our investment has been within a relatively short timeframe. With the other two options it could be 20 years or more before we have a connected network in any one area.
A key aim for Council is that local communities support the implementation of cycleways. We feel the invest area by area approach with shorter timeframes between design and implementation will help raise community interest in what we are doing, so they get involved in designing the cycleways and help us to create an asset for their communities.
Investment option 2: Start with a cycleway spine
Invest most of the available funding into developing high quality cycleways that radiate out from the city centre. Generally, construction would start closest to the city and would gradually be constructed out in 3-4 key directions, splitting into more cycleways further out from the city to connect to other areas of Tauranga. Cycleways would be mainly provided on busy roads.
Why we didn’t choose it
The spine expands into areas that are further from our key employment destinations and have fewer schools. It would also would miss some schools, and those schools connected to the cycle spine would usually only be served on one side of the school, so potentially many parts of the school role catchment would not benefit.
Investment option 3: Spread the funding
Spread the available funding equally across Tauranga. Cycleways could be provided on busy roads, quieter roads or through parks.
Why we didn’t choose it
It would potentially take 20 years or more before we complete a cycleway network in one area. Also, supporting activities targeted into areas of Tauranga, such as bike parking, cycle training, promotional activities and educational activities, won’t be as effective until a comprehensive network is established.
Last Reviewed: 19/09/2018