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Transport Choices

Safer cycling routes and reduced vehicle emissions is the aim of this Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency co-funded programme.

The Western Gateway project will create a safer and more enjoyable experience for cyclists along the 500m stretch of Tennyson Street, from the end of Kennedy Road, to the intersection with Carlyle Street.

It will be the first in Napier to use road space reallocation as an economical way to create new, separated cycle infrastructure.

This section of road is seen as a key cycle route and further extends the way cyclists and those on scooters can access the CBD.

This is seen as an opportunity to add critical links to key destinations within Napier, enhancing the existing off-road cycling network.

The other part to this project is improving cycle lanes on sections of Lee Road, and Kennedy Road adjacent to Anderson Park.

The funding comes from the Waka Kotahi Transport Choices Package. This supports Councils to give more people more options in the way they travel, moving towards a lower emissions and more climate resilient future.

Transport Choices is included within the government’s Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Separated cycleways

Following the Western Gateway project, Council plans to begin work on the first of the existing cycle lanes earmarked for improvement.

The project aims to increase cyclist safety on Lee Road by using concrete separators to split the existing cycle lane off from the rest of the roadway.

Lee Rd, which runs adjacent to the Taradale central business district, is used by many students on their way to and from schools in the suburb.




$1.8 million, Western Gateway

$900,000, cycle conversion programme

Estimated timeline:

Completed by May 2024


Before and after view of Tennyson Street


Before and after Tennyson St


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