Walking and Cycling Made Safer in Woodend

Children will soon have a safer journey thanks to a new shared path that will link the existing Rangiora Woodend Path to Woodend School.

Small child on scooter on Rangiora Woodend Shared Path “Not everyone is confident enough to ride amongst traffic, particularly where drivers are often travelling above the speed limit as is often the case on Rangiora Woodend Road,” said the Council’s Road Safety Coordinator Kathy Graham.

“Providing a path where children, and families can bike and walk will help encourage more people to leave their car at home.”

Kathy says that in recent years residents have raised concerns about speeds in the local area. She says the Council is working with the school to reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety in the area.

The new section of path will continue from the existing path along the western side of Rangiora Woodend Road, before crossing into School Road. It will link with Waka Kotahi, NZ Transport Agency’s planned signalised crossing point on State Highway 1 which will be ready for the new school term in 2021.

The Council says that a section of Rangiora Woodend Road, near School Road is wide enough to look at options for improving the layout of the road, such as adding car parking on both sides of the road and new planting.

“We’ve presented two options for local residents to consider,” says Roading and Transport Manager Joanne McBride.

“We see a real opportunity to provide a safer and more attractive street environment in addition to the shared path”.

Feedback on the road layout is open until 22 October and drop-in sessions will allow residents to talk through the proposals with staff.

Find out more here.