Onerahi walking and cycling access
I'm hoping you all saw the youtube video called "Poynton Regenerated"?
This model could transform our CBD!
But meanwhile, out in Onerahi, there has been some work to improve access to the Waikaraka Walkway (from the end of Cartwright Road to the summit of Mt Tiger) and, my personal favourite, an old route from the end of Franklin Road down to Waikaraka\Onerahi. Also the old road, still public access, from Cartwright Road, through Clotworthy's farm to Awaroa River Road, then up onto Old Parua Bay Road/Abbey Caves Road really starts to open up a network of cool walks\rides!
See www.wams.org.nz for legal roads in your area.
I would like the WDC Walking and Cycling Reference Group to direct some council resources into protecting and developing access in these areas.
The Beach Road Cycleway consultation was a fiasco, but from that a group of locals managed to convince WDC that using the old rail corridor from the Pah Road roundabout to the Waimahanga Track would be a better option than widening the footpath on Raurimu Road (heaps of driveways and a 90-degree bend on a hill into Cockburn Street) and a concrete path down Cockburn which has 20 cars/day, i.e. no need for separation!
We've got to do better!! The reference group ought to be a key component of collaborative decision-making. At least there is some progress now, i.e. building stuff!? I suggest that we get all the options in to the reference group and make strategic and well-informed decisions taking the community with us? I've lobbied for years about the 4-lane section of Riverside Drive for example, with no shoulder it is dangerous! And especially now with increased pedestrian traffic with the new bridges. The traffic demand has dropped thanks to Te Matua o Pohe, so are options for making this section safer and improving the amenity before the reference group? Can they be brought there, together with Onerahi access issues?
Other ideas, comments, feedback??