Hastings District Council are improving walking and cycling infrastructure throughout the district.
This includes extending the shared pathway on Middle Road from the Iona/Gilpin intersection to the southern end of Endsleigh Road.
A range of options have considered for this pathway, including on-road cycle lanes, a shared path on the eastern or western side, and various combinations of both sides.
On-road cycle lanes were not preferred as they would not meet community expectations for level of service, nor would they cater for people walking along the route.
A shared pathway on the western side would require the relocation of a large number power poles and removing several hedges.
The preferred option is a shared pathway on the eastern side of Middle Road. This ties in well with the existing pathway and reduces the need to cross the road. It should also minimise the number of services to be relocated and any impact on private property.
Hastings District Council is committed to supporting walking and cycling in the district, through providing safe and convenient connections on the iWay network.
Gaps in levels of service and the perception that walking and cycling is unsafe and inconvenient is limiting its uptake, this results in high car dependency.
A gap in the existing iWay network has been identified on Middle Road with no provision of dedicated infrastructure past the Iona/Gilpin intersection.
This gap was stressed to Council by a petition with over 500 names calling us to "Please Help us to Make Middle Road Safer for Us All".
A change to the speed limit on this section of Middle Road has just been approved by Council. This will drop the existing 100km/hr to 80km/hr out to School Road.
The intersection with Iona Road and Gilpin Road will be reconfigured alongside the new subdivision between Iona Road and Middle Road, splitting the intersection into two T-intersections.
Both of these projects will also improve safety for people walking and cycling in the area.
Property Group will be acting on Council's behalf and speaking with affected landowners shortly to discuss land requirements.
For more details about the project please contact Eynon Phillips at Hastings District Council on 06 871 5000.
4 February 2021
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