Government To Spend $333m On 41 New Cycleways

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Fri 26/Jun/15 10:40am

The Government has announced $333 million will be spent on 41 new cycleways across the country.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges said the investment would change the face of cycling in New Zealand.

The bulk of the funding will be spent in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

But more than $87m will be spent in provincial centres, including Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hastings, Napier, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Blenheim, Nelson and Dunedin.

The 41 new projects will be funded from a range of sources, including the Government's $100 million Urban Cycleways Programme, which was announced in August as a pre-election sweetener.

They follow on from 13 other cycleways projects the received a slice of that fund in January.

"This is the single biggest investment in cycling in New Zealand's history," Bridges said.

"The Government's $100 million Urban Cycleways Fund has helped generate an overall investment of $333 million in cycling, getting world-class projects underway much sooner than may otherwise have been the case."

The projects announced on Thursday will draw on the $90m remaining in the Urban Cycleways Fund, as well as $107m from the National Land Transport Fund, and $99m from local government, Bridges said.

New Zealand Transport Agency chief executive Geoff Dangerfield said total investment in cycling over the next three years was expected to be between $380m and $400m, delivering over 250km of new urban cycleways.

Cycling was now the fastest growing mode of transport in several cities and towns, he said.

"Put simply, cycling is good for our cities, it's good for the environment and it's good for our health."

WELLINGTON REGION
After largely missing out on the first round of urban cycleway funding in January, the Wellington region will receive $53m for nine new cycleway projects.
Projects include the first stages of a cycleway linking Wellington to Lower Hutt, as well as routes through the capital's CBD and Eastern suburbs.
Lower Hutt's Beltway path and Eastern Bays shared paths will be funded, as will Upper Hutt's Rail Corridor Route.
The Hutt River Trail will be sealed and widened, while funding will be available for Porirua's Onepoto-Wi Neera Shared Pathway and "Stride N' Ride" on the Kapiti Coast.

MANAWATU-WHANGANUI
Palmerston North will recive $10.2m in funding for the Manawatu River bridge and shared path, as well as the Mangaone Underpasses.
Whanganui will get $3.2m to acellerate construction of the Te Tuaiwi shared pathway, known as The Spine, and the City to North Mole shared pathway.

HAWKE'S BAY
Napier and Hastings will be getting more than 50 kilometres of new cycleways worth about $9m over three years.
Work on the cycleways, which will comprise 54.5km of on-road cycle lanes and off-road pathways, is set to start later this year and should be completed by 2018.
The Napier paths will cover 36.5km at an estimated cost of $5.2m.
In Hastings the paths will cover 18km including connections from Havelock North to State Highway 2 heading north, and south to Te Mata Park, costing $3.7m.

OTHER PROJECTS

Auckland ($88.7m)
City centre network
Eastern connections to the city centre
Western connections to the city centre
Links to public transport

Canterbury ($66.7m)
Papanui Parallel
Northern Line Cycleway
Uni-Cycle
Little River Link
Quarryman's Trail
Heathcote Expressway
Rapanui-Shag Rock Cycleway
Rangiora to Woodend
Rangiora to Kaiapoi

Blenheim ($1.8m)
Spring Creek

Eltham/Beaver Road Cycle Link
Taylor River Path

Dunedin ($9.2m)
Central City and North East Valley Primary Corridor

Gisborne ($4.3m)
Wainui to CBD and local connections

Hamilton ($4m)
Western Rail Trail

Nelson ($20.3m)
Nelson Coastal Route

New Plymouth ($450,000)
Mangati Pathway

Coronation Avenue Cycleway
Rotorua ($5.5m)

Rotorua Cy-Way
Tauranga ($14.6m)

Omokoroa to Tauranga
Tauranga urban cycle network connections

Whangarei ($4.8m)
Kamo Route

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Re: Government To Spend $333m On 41 New Cycleways

Postby Rik on Fri 26/Jun/15 10:44am

Viewers of a sensitive nature should look away from the comments section.

But if you do look, its fantastic to see the cyclist haters have universally been 'down thumbed' :D
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Re: Government To Spend $333m On 41 New Cycleways

Postby matnz on Fri 26/Jun/15 4:40pm

Are the figures quoted right? Am I missing something? It appears these cycleways are costing five to ten times what it costs to build a road.....

From Stuff. "$380m and $400m, delivering over 250km"...... that is $1600 / meter of cycle way.

From http://www.waipadc.govt.nz/our-council/ ... roads.aspx - "It costs $160,000 per kilometer to build a road on firmer non-peat soil compared to $295,000 per kilometer to build on peat. In addition ..."
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Re: Government To Spend $333m On 41 New Cycleways

Postby znomit on Fri 26/Jun/15 6:31pm

Rik wrote:But if you do look, its fantastic to see the cyclist haters have universally been 'down thumbed' :D


How many stuff accounts do you have?
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Re: Government To Spend $333m On 41 New Cycleways

Postby Farm on Fri 26/Jun/15 6:55pm

matnz wrote:Are the figures quoted right? Am I missing something? It appears these cycleways are costing five to ten times what it costs to build a road.....

From Stuff. "$380m and $400m, delivering over 250km"...... that is $1600 / meter of cycle way.

From http://www.waipadc.govt.nz/our-council/ ... roads.aspx - "It costs $160,000 per kilometer to build a road on firmer non-peat soil compared to $295,000 per kilometer to build on peat. In addition ..."


The figures you're quoting appear to be for sealing existing roads.
I'd assume a large part of the budgeted cost for the cycle ways is planning, resource consents etc.
The cost of building a road where one doesn't exist or have existing approval to exist is probably a lot higher than $160k per km. The approximately $1billion dollar cost of 27km of 4 lanes through transmission gully are over your $160k per km.
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Re: Government To Spend $333m On 41 New Cycleways

Postby Simonius_Titius on Fri 26/Jun/15 7:47pm

znomit wrote:
Rik wrote:But if you do look, its fantastic to see the cyclist haters have universally been 'down thumbed' :D


How many stuff accounts do you have?

I registered my FB acct on Stuff just so I can contribute votes, wisdom and vile insults to cycling articles.
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Re: Government To Spend $333m On 41 New Cycleways

Postby ryda on Sat 27/Jun/15 10:08am

Farm wrote:The approximately $1billion dollar cost of 27km of 4 lanes through transmission gully are over your $160k per km.

And at the rate they are going that'll blow out big time, it taken over 3mth for them to put a 20metre setion of seal down so they get on and off the round-a-bout at Pauatahanui, most morning there are at least 5 guys in fluoro wondering around doing inspections and having a meeting about progress (I may have made up what the meeting was about) :paranoid:
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Re: Government To Spend $333m On 41 New Cycleways

Postby dwgknz on Sat 27/Jun/15 12:10pm

Farm wrote:
matnz wrote:Are the figures quoted right? Am I missing something? It appears these cycleways are costing five to ten times what it costs to build a road.....

From Stuff. "$380m and $400m, delivering over 250km"...... that is $1600 / meter of cycle way.

From http://www.waipadc.govt.nz/our-council/ ... roads.aspx - "It costs $160,000 per kilometer to build a road on firmer non-peat soil compared to $295,000 per kilometer to build on peat. In addition ..."


The figures you're quoting appear to be for sealing existing roads.
I'd assume a large part of the budgeted cost for the cycle ways is planning, resource consents etc.
The cost of building a road where one doesn't exist or have existing approval to exist is probably a lot higher than $160k per km. The approximately $1billion dollar cost of 27km of 4 lanes through transmission gully are over your $160k per km.


You wouldn't pay more than $50 a square meter to lay asphalt for a reseal on the state highway and that's the top end of all surfacing, be a bit different on the motorways because you've got traffic. On a minimum lane width of 3.0m you'd be looking at $300k per KM on the road.

You can't compare the numbers for new road builds with changes to existing roads. MacKays to PekaPeka for example is costing $630M (18km so $35M per kilometre) , but a huge proportion of that cost is being sunk into civils for the overpasses, river crossing and interchanges.

The cycle network is going to have limited civils, a few small precast bridges, a shallow base and thin seal layer of asphalt. The construction cost will be reasonable. There be a lot of planning work for consultants in urban areas realigning parking and lanes so money will disappear in the overheads rather than the actual construction.

A few feature routes (such as the proposed petone to nauranga route at $47M) that if approved will quickly eat into $333M also. Although I'm not sure if the harbour bridge clip on features in this. The petone route has a number of benefits built into it to provide resilience to rail and road so that helps justifies the cost.
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