The strategy

Excerpt from the KCDC Cycleways, Walkways and Bridleways Strategy 2004

2.1 Vision

The vision for cycling, walking and horse-riding on the Kapiti Coast is:

“The Kapiti Coast is renowned for its network of pathways that are extensively used by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.”

2.2 Objectives

In order to realise this vision, the objectives of this Strategy are:

2.2.1 Public awareness and safety

  • To improve the public awareness and safety of cycling, walking and horse riding.
  • To provide a safe and healthy environment for children to walk and cycle to school in.

2.2.2 Promotion of cycling, walking and horse-riding

  • To promote cycling and walking as important and valid modes of transport and recreation.
  • To promote horse-riding as an important and valid recreational activity.
  • All three modes form a key part of the Kapiti Coast's character and culture.
  • To recognise and promote the benefits (refer Appendix 2) of cycling, walking and horse-riding, including:
    • Individual and community benefits (including health, fitness and general wellbeing
    • Environmental benefit
    • Transport benefits
    • Economic benefits.

2.2.3 Access to key destinations

  • To improve cycling, walking and horse-riding access and linkages to areas of employment, recreation, schools, shops, transit stops, residential areas, heritage areas, recreation and open spaces, and other public facilities.

2.2.4 Enhance opportunities and convenience

  • To enhance opportunities for cycling, walking and horse-riding across the district by developing and promoting on- and off-road pathways/routes
  • To incorporate aesthetic and landscaping considerations into the design of all pathways/routes
  • To improve the convenience of cycling, walking and horse riding for people of all ages and abilities.

2.2.5 Co-ordination, co-operation and collaboration

  • To encourage and improve local, regional and national coordination, co-operation and collaboration in the planning and provision of cycle, walking and horse riding facilities
  • To work together with cycle, walking and horse-riding representatives, advocacy groups, land developers and all other relevant parties to achieve the desired outcomes of this Strategy (and sub-strategies).

2.3 Policies

2.3.1 More cyclists, walkers/pedestrians & horse-riders and more pathways

  • To increase both the number of recognised pathways/routes for cycling, walking and horse-riding, and the numbers of people cycling, walking and horse-riding.

2.3.2 Facilities and access for disabled people

  • To provide good facilities for disabled people and improve access opportunities for all people with disabilities by removing unnecessary obstacles and barriers, and improving and maintaining pathway surfaces.

2.3.3 Incorporate into plans and policy

  • To ensure cycleway, walkway and bridleway pathways/routes are incorporated where appropriate into the District Plan, the Reserves Acquisition Strategy, and any other relevant policy documents and plans.

2.3.4 Funding

  • To obtain adequate funds and ensure they are well directed to the provision of cycling, walking and horse riding facilities across the district.

2.3.5 Long-term advisory group

  • To ensure the formation of an advisory group to provide comments and input on subdivision, development and roading proposals, and to provide general advice and technical information to Council, regarding cycleways, walkways and bridleways over the long-term.

2.4 Desired Outcomes

The desired outcomes of this Strategy are:

Cycling, walking and horse riding in the Kapiti Coast District are viable, safe, easy, direct and enjoyable transport and recreation options

  • Cycle, pedestrian and horse-riding injuries and casualties are steadily reduced over time
  • A pleasant, connected and comprehensive cycling, walking and horse-riding environment is developed
  • The district is safe, convenient and accessible to cycling, walking and horseriding.
  • Double the number of trips (especially short trips of 2km and less) on the Kapiti Coast are made by bicycle or by foot, instead of by private motor car, by 2010
  • The health and wellbeing of individuals and the community is improved
  • Increased cycling and walking rates against the use of private motor vehicles.

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