Saturday, June 15, 2024

Safety upgrades for Far North cycleway

Work is underway to improve safety on the Far North’s new Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail alternative route.

A 60 km/h speed limit is being introduced, as well as electronic warning signs that can be activated by cyclists and pedestrians, allowing them to safely cross at the junction of Opua’s Franklin Street, English Bay Road, Oromāhoe Road, and State Highway 11.

Far North District Council has made safety improvements along the route, including improved sight lines and a smoother road surface.

Direction signs are also being installed to help cyclists using the alternative route, while further improvements are being made to a section of the trail between Kawakawa and Whangae Road to better withstand floods that can affect the area, Council said in a statement.

The road route, recommended for adult cyclists, is an alternative to the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway train that transports cyclists between Opua and Kawakawa with pick-up points at Te Ake Ake and Taumarere.  

Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail is one of the country’s 23 premier cycle trails and part of New Zealand’s Great Rides. Most of the 87km trail is built on a disused railway corridor leased from KiwiRail by the council.

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