3.1 Specific Strategies for Cycling

Excerpt from the KCDC Cycleways, Walkways and Bridleways Strategy 2004

This sub-strategy is concerned with cycling, which is the use of a cycle as a mode of transport and for recreation.

Note: There are several background documents created in the formulation of this sub-strategy that are available on request to the Kapiti Coast District Council.

3.1.1 Vision

Cycling to school, work and for leisure is an everyday activity on the Kapiti Coast.

3.1.2 Objectives & Policies

3.1.2.1 To double the number of primary school children and college students cycling to school and sports in the district by the end of 2010.

  • This may be achieved through programmes such as Safe Routes to School. This is a specific programme that takes into account design of routes, speed limits, car parking restrictions and safe cycle storage at schools, education and promotion.
  • Kapiti Cycling (in conjunction with Council) has initiated school and college surveys. These surveys can form the basis for measuring this objective.

3.1.2.2 To double the number of cycle commuters and residents who cycle on trips less than 5 km by the end of 2010.

  • This can be achieved by creating more convenient, safer routes to town centres and between towns so that destinations can be reached easily, quickly and safely from any origin.
  • Supporting maps, brochures and advertising on local radio and newspapers are needed.
  • Where possible, routes should be segregated from heavy or fast-moving traffic. Safe behaviour at all times should be encouraged.
  • Ease of access, convenience/directness and safety can be encouraged by removing barriers and unnecessary delays such as excessive waits at traffic signals, frequent dismounting, illegal car parking, sharp curves, narrow routes preventing overtaking of slower riders, long diversions and rough surfaces.
  • Safe cycle storage at destinations will also encourage cycling.

3.1.2.3 To significantly reduce the number of cycle accidents in the District.

  • Increasing the number of cyclists will help improve safety because drivers become accustomed to seeing cyclists and sharing the road with them
  • School education programs and adult education courses will also assist in achieving safer behaviour by cyclists. The risk to cyclists can also be reduced by improving the way motorists interact with cyclists.
  • Speed restrictions and good design of cycle routes are major contributors to cycle safety.

3.1.2.4 To map a network of on-road and off-road cycle routes that are direct and safe.

3.1.2.5 Ensure that Council considers cyclists in all new subdivisions, new roads, road changes and upgrades.

3.1.2.6 To promote cycling for good health.

Regular physical activity, such as cycling, improves health, fitness and mental ability of individuals, including school children.

3.1.2.7 To promote cycle tourism.

Cycle tourism can provide good economic returns and has a low impact on the environment and communities.

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