Press Release – Dunedin City Council
New Government Funding for Dunedin Cycleways
Dunedin, 30 January 2015 – Work on Dunedin’s cycleways is set to get a boost with the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges announcing the DCC is to receive an additional $570,000 to fund cycle projects.
The funding has been allocated under the Government’s Urban Cycleway Fund, established last year, which offers $100 million over four years to accelerate cycleway projects in urban centres. Dunedin is one of just six Councils to receive funding in this round.
DCC Senior Transportation Planner Kylie Huard says the funding will be used to enhance and expand the South Dunedin Cycle Network, including providing a link between Shore St and Victoria Road via Tainui and Cavell Streets. Funding will also be used to provide additional landscaping, as well as install cycle counters to monitor cycleway usage more accurately.
“This funding means we can do this work at no cost to ratepayer,” she says.
“Up to $10 million was available for the current 2014/15 year, so it is especially pleasing to see Dunedin get such a good chunk of that.
“We are now preparing documentation to support further additional funding from the Government in subsequent years to put into the Central City and North East Valley cycle network and for projects around the tertiary precinct.”
Any additional funding the DCC receives through the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Government’s Urban Cycleway Fund, plus any increase Council decides to make in the city’s own funding of cycleways, will enable the city to accelerate the delivery of the Dunedin’s cycle network.