Planning Started: 2010
Construction Started: Autumn 2011
Completed: Spring 2011
Since 2002, when the Napier City Council adopted the “BIKE IT!” strategy, steady progress has been made in constructing cycle lanes and pathways (shared facilities) within the Napier area. The pathways are well-used and appreciated by residents and visitors alike.
The Rotary Pathway Trust has been a major contributor towards the cost of developing the network. Stage 1 was the construction of the path from Westshore to Bay View which was followed a year later by the Marine Parade path from the port to Awatoto where it subsequently connected to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Tutaekuri River pathway to Taradale.
In the following years, Council completed the Hardinge Road foreshore path and the new boardwalk section to the inner harbour area. Construction of the Breakwater Road section in 2007 was managed by NZTA as this is on the State Highway network. With the exception of the boardwalk the funding remained the same on all sections with NZTA subsidising the community funds raised by the Pathway Trust.
The NZTA subsidy for cycleways and pathways was removed at the end of 2008, delaying construction of the final link between West Quay and the original Westshore to Bay View path. However, when the Government’s proposal for a national cycle way was changed into a plan to build more local recreational pathways a one-off contestable fund became available for projects like this.
Under the umbrella of the Regional Council, a successful bid was made to complete the coastal path along with the “Water Trail” off-road pathway between Park Island and Bay View. The concrete-paved Coastal Pathway is Napier City’s section of the project and the limestone Water Trail path is the Regional Council’s.
The coastal route now extends from the inner harbor, skirts the Napier Sailing Club, crosses the Pandora Bridge and links into the pathway north of Westshore via James Street to continue north along the Esplanade.
From James Street northwards, the new 3.5m wide concrete pathway is within the Beach Reserve, providing opportunities for picnics and other recreational activities.
Another small link will be the new section of the Coastal Pathway at the Pandora Bridge and the Water Trail at the old Embankment Road bridge. It will run on the reserve area north of the Pandora Pond and involves a crossing facility over Meeanee Quay north of the Pandora Bridge.