McClay says $5.5 million boost for Rotorua Cycleways a big drawcard for city

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rotorua MP Todd McClay says $5.5 million to build a network of cycleways in Rotorua will be a big drawcard for visitors to our city and is likely to help grow the local economy.

Mr McClay joined Prime Minister, John Key and Transport Minister, Simon Bridges in Rotorua for today’s announcement of the $5.5 million Cy-Way project which will see the government invest $3.59 million and RDC contributing $1.93 million to build a network of urban cycleways linking residential areas of the city with the CBD. This is part of the Government’s $100 million urban cycleways programme to support safer cycling in urban areas around New Zealand.

“Cycling is a big contributor to the local economy. With the success of Crankworx, the popular National Cycle trail stretching 74km from Rotorua past four world renowned geothermal areas, and world-class mountain biking in Whakarewarewa Forest we are quickly becoming the cycling capital of New Zealand. This welcome funding will see the commute to work, the shops and school become a whole lot safer and a whole lot more popular,” Mr McClay says.

Mr McClay says an increasing number of domestic and international visitors include cycling as an important part of their tourism experience. We know that countries who have invested in cycling infrastructure attract a higher value visitor who often stay for longer and spend more.

“This investment will mean Rotorua has some of the best cycling infrastructure in the country. This is very good news for Rotorua.”