Otaihanga shared path improvements get the thumbs up

Cycleway, walkway and bridleway enthusiasts gave the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Otaihanga Road shared path improvements a big thumbs up last week following a final inspection of the upgraded 2.5 metre wide path.

Kāpiti Accessibility Advisory Group member Brad Hayward, says the improvement works will make it safer and easier for pedestrians, cyclists, mobility scooters and wheelchair users to get around Otaihanga.

The works involved extending the existing 2.5 metre shared path facility that ran along Otaihanga Road between the Kāpiti Expressway Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway and the Otaihanga Road /Ratanui Road intersection 80 metres to Tieko Street.

The Otaihanga Road /Ratanui Road intersection has also been upgraded to provide a safe crossing and extra kerb and channel, and drainage, has been added to address ongoing ponding across the path and road.

Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon says the Otaihanga shared path improvements will provide better connections to and between Otaraua, Otaihanga Domain, the Waikanae River corridor, Southward Car Museum and the Kāpiti Expressway Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway.

The improvements have been delivered through Stride ‘n’ Ride Kāpiti Coast a three-way investment from Council, the Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund, (both funds administered by the NZ Transport Agency).

Shared path improvements have already been delivered at Poplar Ave in Raumati, Tilley Road in Paekākāariki and Mazengarb Road in Paraparaumu.

Works to create a shared path and improve pedestrian and cycle connections on Kāpiti Road between Arawhata Road and Ngahina Street is almost complete.

For more information about Stride ‘n’ Ride Kāpiti coast visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/stridenride