Cycleways, Walkways & Bridleways Strategy

Kapiti Coast District Council, March 2004

Download the Strategy 664kb, 36 pages, pdf

Executive Summary*

The key purpose of the Strategy is to set a clear strategic vision for cycling, walking and horseriding on the Kapiti Coast. The vision is backed up by a series of objectives, policies and actions.

The Kapiti Coast provides wonderful opportunities

The Kapiti Coast District is long and narrow, extending from Paekakariki in the south to Otaki in the north. The topography varies from the steep forested hills of the Tararua foothills in the east to the flat coastal township areas on the western coast. The Waikanae and Otaki rivers provide corridors from the hills to the sea. The natural landscape therefore provides an attractive environment for walking, cycling and riding horses.

Changes over the last 20–30 years have presented challenges

Kapiti has the fastest growing population in the Wellington Region and one of the fastest in New Zealand. More than 20% of the District's population is aged 65 and over, and 75% of the population live in the urban areas of Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati.2 These characteristics present significant challenges, as well as opportunities, for cycling, walking and horse-riding.

The expansion of the District over the last 20 to 30 years has increased the volume of traffic for those who are passing through or who are utilising the Coast's facilities. One of the effects of development is that cyclists, pedestrians (including school children, elderly and disabled people) and horse-riders are regularly required to travel on the same highways and roads as fast moving motorised vehicular traffic. This has implications for the safety, health and general well-being of the community. A significant challenge is to provide better linkages for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders between the District’s four main urban areas of Paekakariki, Raumati/Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Otaki.

Focus on upgrading and creating a network

The focus of the Strategy is on providing and upgrading cycling, walking and horse-riding facilities. Education, awareness raising and promotion are also addressed. Specific strategies for cycling, walking and bridleways are identified to help deal with the specific issues and needs of each mode.

The development of an inter-connected network of cycle, walking and horse-riding routes across the District is a key action identified by the Strategy.

Key components of the network should include:

  • Good access up into the Tararua Ranges
  • A coastal walkway/cycleway from Paekakariki to Otaki and north
  • Relatively easy ‘middle height’ access along the coastal escarpment and lower hills
  • Extensive linkages through built up areas to key natural features e.g. rivers and native bush
  • Good local linkages to schools and centres
  • Increased areas for dog walking.

Long term vision over 15 – 20 years

The Strategy sets a long-term vision for cycling, walking and horse-riding. Implementation will take place over the next 15 to 20 years. It is intended to review and update the Strategy every three years. This will allow measurement of the achievement of objectives and outcomes, as well as adjustment of the Strategy for changing community needs and aspirations.

Excerpts from the strategy on this website include:

You can download the Strategy, 664kb, 36 pages, pdf.

* This page has the full text of the executive summary, but the sections have been reordered and headings added to aid reading on the web.