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Rotorua Bike Festival 2017
17 February 2017 - The CyWay Team held two events this year for the Rotorua Bike Festival. The events were both 'Frocks on Bikes' events. After the success of last years' Frocks on Bikes 'Froctober Fashion Show', a decision was made to do it all over again for the Rotorua Bike Festival. The theme was 'Frock 'n Roll' and was held at Eat Streat on Valentine's Day. The shows' aim was to prove that you don't have to be lycra-clad or be a hard-core mountain biker to ride a bike. Twenty-four models participated ranging from 4 - 85 years! There was also a 'Frocks' ride that went from the Government Gardens to visit the new CyWay project on Ward Ave / McIntyre Reserve and followed the Puarenga Stream track through Sulphur Point and back to the Government Gardens. Deputy Mayor Dave Donaldson came along for the ride and gave an impromptu tour of the old landfill site in the Sanatorium Reserve and showed off a secret hot pool!
Cycle safety focus of free workshop
A free and fun cycling safety workshop has seen both children and adults out on their bikes and gaining biking confidence - and there are more opportunities on the way for those who missed out.
Mountain bike patrol to start in Rotorua
The number of Rotorua mountain biking claims to ACC has almost quadrupled in the past five years - prompting the organisation to help fund a new mountain bike patrol in the Whakarewarewa Forest.
Bikes grace the catwalk
Models have taken to a Rotorua catwalk rocking vintage outfits and bicycles as their main accessories.
Fashion show aims to get people biking
It's hoped a vintage-themed fashion show where the main accessory is a bicycle will encourage Rotorua people to get on their bikes.
The Frocks on Bikes Froctober Fashion Show is being held Friday in the Galleria at the Rotorua Lakes Council from 5.30pm.
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students on their bikes as part of new cycling initiative.
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students got out and about on two wheels today as they took part in a new initiative to get students biking to study.
The Rotorua Lakes Council and Waiariki have teamed up, taking nine students for a bike ride around the Springfield area.
Rotorua: Cycling Bubbling Up
An interesting write up from an outside point of view on the Rotorua CyWay network and key pieces of infrastructure already in place here.
Be Courteous at Crossings, Says Transport Boss
19 March 2016 - Rotorua’s four red and white inner-city pedestrian crossings have created some interesting discussion which Rotorua Lakes Council is keen to provide further education around.
To add to the discussion, after Easter, there will be three new red courtesy crossings – next to roundabouts on Hinemaru, Hinemoa and Amohia Sts – and road users need to understand the road rules around them and the pedestrian crossings.
The red and white pedestrian crossings are both legal and reflect accepted road management practice, said Stavros Michael the council’s director of transport and waste solutions.
“But motorists, pedestrians and footpath users, as always, need to be watchful of the environment and take appropriate care in these shared spaces,” he said.
White on red is now common for pedestrian crossings both in New Zealand and overseas including in the United Kingdom.
Work to Start on Cycleways to link Rotorua Suburbs
6 February 2016
Work is about to start on new cycleways which will provide safe cycling routes throughout the city and connect Rotorua suburbs. The urban cycling programme, Cy-Way, will link to existing cycleways on main routes and to the inner city and is part of an urban cycling strategy aimed at encouraging more people to ride bikes. Full Article Here
Feedback Sought for Cy-Way Development
Rotorua residents are being asked for feedback about cycling to help with planning for the urban Cy-Way network which will connect suburbs to main cycling routes and the central city. The Cy-Way project will see the creation of 23.7km of cycleways and shared paths. Some existing infrastructure will also be improved. The network will make cycling safer and accessible for more people, including children, connecting communities to schools, work, the central city and forest trails by linking to existing cycleways. Full Article Here
Funding to fast-track Rotorua cycling network
$1.5m boost for Rotorua Cy-Way urban cycleways project
26 June 2015
A government funding boost is set to fast track Rotorua’s planned urban cycleways network.
The $1.5m funding injection for the local Cy-Way project was announced in Rotorua yesterday by Prime Minister John Key as part of the Government’s $296 million Urban Cycleway Programme (UCP). Rotorua’s $5.52m Cy-Way project will see the development of a network of 23.7km cycling and walking paths that will connect the central city and forest mountain bike trails. Full Article Here
Mayor welcomes cycleway funding
23 August 2014 Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick has welcomed the government’s announcement that $100 million is to be made available over four years for urban cycleway development across the country.