Kāpiti road shared path facility to extend to the beach
Work is underway to extend the shared path network on Kāpiti Road from Hurley Street to the Paraparaumu Beach area.
This follows a series of shared path improvements that were completed on the south-side of Kāpiti Road earlier this year, as part of the Council's Stride 'n' Ride Kāpiti Coast initiative, to make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to move between Paraparaumu beach area and the town centre.
Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says the Council has been taking a staged approach to delivering shared path improvements on Kāpiti Road to help minimise disruption and ensure the project is delivered with budget allocations.
"We've already delivered footpath upgrades between Rimu Road and McGrath Avenue and these latest improvements will help fill in the last few gaps in our Kāpiti Road network west of Hurley Road," said Mr Mallon.
The improvement works include widening the footpath on the north side of Kāpiti Road from Hurley Road to just east of Ocean Road to a 2.5 metre shared path. Safe crossing points will also be established just to the east of Hurley Road and approximately 50 metres east of Golf Road to enable pedestrians and cyclists to connect with shared paths on the south side of Kāpiti Road.
"We acknowledge that there are a lot of orange road cones out there at the moment but we need to get this work done now while the weather is dry to avoid further disruption," Mr Mallon says.
"Once this job is complete people will be able to enjoy a consistent off-road pedestrian and cycle facility all the way from McLean Park and the Paraparaumu Beach area to the town centre, and to and from the Mackays to Peka Peka Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway."
The shared path improvements are being delivered through Stride 'n' Ride Kāpiti Coast – a three-way investment from Council, the Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund (both funds administered by the NZ Transport Agency).
Shared paths can be used by a variety of users and are wider than the standard 1.5m-wide footpath. All users must use shared pathways fairly and safely and need to be considerate of others.
For more information about the Council's work to make it safer and easier to walk and cycle around Kāpiti visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/stridenride