Taking a spin around the Green Ring

The Hamilton Green Ring is our proposal for linking up the parks and green spaces making up Hamilton’s historic Green Belt. For some background, please see our introductory post about the idea.

Last week I cycled around a possible route for the Green Ring project. I wanted to inspect the paths, road crossings, scenery, access to amenities and determine how much work would be required to make this idea a reality.

The answer? Not very much! In short, almost all of this provisional route is already sealed, with the exception of the section skirting Beetham Park between Rugby Park and Ulster St/Edgecumbe Park. As it stands, there are a couple of problematic road crossings at Ulster St (a pedestrian refuge is located within 100 m of the preferred crossing point) and Cobham Drive (which is just a nightmare to cross). However, in the case of the latter, there is a new signalised intersection planned for the junction of Wairere Drive and Cobham Drive, with provision for cyclists and walkers.

Speaking of Wairere Drive, a large section of the Green Ring is going to arrive ‘ready made’ to a high standard with Wairere’s linking up to Cobham Drive. However, I suggest that a future development of the route runs along the boundaries of the Hamilton East parks, giving better separation from what is going to be a very busy road and making for a more pleasant environment for walkers and cyclists.

I found the route already workable and, with the exception of a couple of road crossings, quite pleasant to cycle around. Probably the most vital thing required to make this collection of disparate parks and paths a contiguous piece of infrastructure would be milestones along the way and some signage at strategic locations showing times/distances to various attractions and amenities the path passes by. Some printed maps and promotion would be important too.

For now I have mapped the provisonal route and inserted photos and notes at various points of interest. Take a look:

4 comments on “Taking a spin around the Green Ring

  1. Norton Road Round-about to be slowed.
    Here is $185k from the safer speed area programme going to slow down a high speed round-about. http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/9958303/New-circuit-plans-for-roundabout
    For $16k to $20k you can get, new Splitter Island, which includes central and side islands. There are six roads coming together at this round-about that is $96k to $120k for splitter islands. This leaves $89k to $65k, which gives the option of upgrading some these crossing to higher stand.
    Here is link listing “The cost of small transport projects”. http://transportblog.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Transport-Costs-2.jpg
    People tell us what mix of Pedestrian crossings you would like to see.

  2. There isn’t an easier way around the Pamerston St to being on the river side of Cobham Drive, is there? There’s a pretty steep hill going down to Graham Park, there isn’t a huge amount of space between the bank and Cobham on the west side, and it’s got that huge intersection you’ve got to get across. If only there was some sort of path between the end of Anglesea and Hillsborough street?

    • There’s always the possibility of Hillsborough Tce -> Radnor St or Anglesea St, but both very steep and long climbs.

      It certainly would avoid some other tricky parts of the proposal, but would also make it necessary to cycle the length of Palmerston St. Segregated cycle lanes on the berms might be necessary.

      I do think we have to remain open to any and all alternatives – when council starts to design the look and feel of the path logistics and cost may favour some options over others.

      • Now you mention it I’d forgotten how narrow that street gets.

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