Last week we heard the great news that our project “Puketāpapa: he taunga Pahikara – Puketāpapa: a cycling haven” received funding from the Environment & Climate Change Committee to go ahead.
This project will span over three years and see the creation of cycle/scoot/walk trains to intermediate schools (at first) that are accessible on our Greenways network , in red on the map, with schools indicated with a star. It will also tie in with Kainga Ora’s redevelopment of the area, working with them to help new families in the area access a safe way to school. There will be events, wayfinding signage, safe bike storage and bikes. The board is paying 10% of the cost over three years, with the rest covered from the regional fund – an awesome return on our investment. It also sees benefits in a big drop in emissions, less cars at the school gate, increased health outcomes, more people using our facilities and an increased sense of community.
Richard Barter from PATH, our strategic broker Kat Teirney and myself worked hard to get a really good application in with the support of the whole Local Board and I look forward to the project beginning in the next financial year.