New Walking and Cycling Strategy Adopted

The Hurunui District Council has adopted the finalised Hurunui Walking & Cycling Strategy. The revised strategy provides a strategic approach to encouraging the development and maintenance of walking and cycling trails throughout the Hurunui.

The adopted 2017-2020 strategy, which has been under review since late 2016, replaces the out of date 2009 version. It delivers a much needed update and recognises how walking and cycling trails are used in the district.

Hurunui District Council Policy Planner Stephanie Chin says the revised strategy focusses on enabling community groups to develop trails, and gives strategic direction for the council and the community in the development process.

“Now the strategy has been approved by the council, this will form a common and complementary vision alongside the Hurunui Trails Trust’s (HTT) strategic plan. This is exciting for the district because HTT are now providing practical advice and support to community groups on how to develop, maintain and promote walking and cycling trails”.

HTT is a charitable trust that was formed in 2009 and has successfully developed the Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail and the Amberley to Leithfield section of the Amberley Area Cycle Trail. When the council adopted the revised strategy, it also formally endorsed HTT as the champion for walking and cycling in the Hurunui. They will now have the support required to implement the common vision shared in the council’s new strategy and in their own strategic plan.

HTT Chair, Jason Fletcher, says the Hurunui Walking & Cycling Strategy 2017-2020 is a significant step forward, recognising the worldwide trend toward adopting healthier lifestyles, alternate forms of commuting, and recreational pastimes.

“It is particularly significant for the HTT as the council now formally recognises the trust as the champion of cycling and walking trails in Hurunui, and will empower the trust to further develop the network across the district.”

The main areas of focus in the strategy are: working with stakeholders; tourism; recreation; community connections; regional connections and earthquake recovery.

Mayor Winton Dalley says the Hurunui District has a lot to offer already when it comes to walking and cycling, and this new strategy is only going to enhance the district’s ability to develop new trails for the recreational benefit of our communities.

The strategy includes examples of trails that could be developed and it is envisaged that this will act as a guide for community groups looking to create new walking and cycling trails, with support provided by HTT.

For further information regarding the Hurunui Trails Trust please visit:

www.hurunuitrails.org.nz