Hamilton Bike Plan: the 2000s

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By 2004 Hamilton had 27km of cycleway; up from 25km in 2003 (2004-14 Long term plan p7 & p78). The 2012-22 Long Term Plan contained 116 km of cycle lanes. The growth of these cycle lanes was going so well that it was planned to compress the 20 year cycling plan to a 10 year plan.

2012-22 Long terms plan (p68)

A 2005 Cycling Strategy report, prepared by Roger Boulter for Hamilton City Council, explained the priority was on “repeat customers” with an approach of “keeping existing cyclists cycling” as a higher priority than seeking to attract new cyclists . “Generally – not only in Hamilton – the main cyclist flows match the main motor traffic flows, because cyclists mostly are accessing the same destinations as are motorists, and have the same practical needs for directness and convenience’ (p3). The graph below shows that the 100+ km of new cycle lanes stabilised the decline in cycling and was beginning to bring back cyclists.

Access Hamilton Active Travel Plan: Page 7

The 2005 Cycling Strategy report explained that the network had been divided in the six city sectors, each of which was intended to have cycling facility provision added over a period of 2-3 years, thus covering the entire city over an initially 20-year period. Starting with ‘Sector 1: CBD – University: The CBD/ University Sector – the highest priority focus in terms of cycling numbers – had already received substantial investment in 1996-98, including the country’s first advanced stop lines’. Sector 2: Southern: The Bader Street/ CBD shared path along the river and Deanwell/Melville Kahikatea Drive route alongside the rail line to Ward St/ CBD. Sector 3: Western: The Rifle Range Road/ Norton Road/ CBD. Sector 4: North-Eastern: The Flagstaff/ Harrowfield/ Queenwood/ Bankwood/ Heaphy Terrace/ CBD. Sector 5: North-Western; Te Rapa Road/ CBD and River path/ CBD, and lastly Sector 6: CBD:

2006-12 Long terms plan

Near the end of this first decade council started to devise an active travel plan. Its draft vision statement was “Work to increase the existing levels of cycling and walking, to ensure that Hamilton is a city where active travel is the preferred choice for short journeys.” The draft plan also included comments from the Hamilton city council 2006 quarterly Survey.

It was suggested a firm commitment to fund construction of Hamilton’s cycle network had been made by the City Council within the LTCCP and Annual Plans. These plans reflect national and regional policies and strategies such as the New Zealand Transport Strategy and the Regional Land Transport Strategy. The intention was that, within the next 10 years a significant amount of the network will be in place.

10 year Cycleway Network Programme

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