Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is calling for community feedback on its proposed cycle network on Wanaka's Anderson Road and Aubrey Road.
The proposal for Anderson Road is for a separate 3m-wide, asphalt shared path on the eastern side of Anderson Road, linking to State Highway 84 (Wanaka-Luggate Highway) to Aubrey Road.
A separate 3m-wide asphalt shared path is proposed for the northern side of Aubrey Road, linking to the proposed Anderson Road cycleway and extending through to the Gunn Road roundabout.
QLDC general manager of property and infrastructure Peter Hansby said, “While the proposals may require small compromises in terms of car parking, they will vastly improve the safety and access for people who walk and cycle, particularly our younger members of the community."
Residents have strongly advocated for the development of protected cycle lanes. "The overwhelming reason why people who want to bike choose not to, is the lack of protected cycleways," said Simon Telfer of Active Transport Wanaka. "Anderson Road is a nightmare to drive down. But for people on bikes, well, it’s next level dangerous. Our children, especially, should have the choice to bike to the pool and sports facilities without fear."
Telfer continued, "We are confident this will get the support of Anderson Road businesses and neighbours as they, alongside the rest of the community, make safety a priority."
Hansby said the proposed cycle paths were important parts in the network, linking communities with schools, the new pool and recreation centre.
The plans for each proposal can be viewed online at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz, the Wanaka Council office or the Wanaka Recreation Centre.
QLDC is also offering two drop-in sessions at Wanaka Hotel on Wednesday (September 4) from 12pm to 1.30pm and 5pm to 6.30pm.
Feedback on the plan will close on September 19.