Cycling advocates welcome plans to improve safety, and upgrade Wairarapa roads.

Everyone in our community deserves safe roads,” said Patrick Morgan, spokesman for Cycling Action Network.

That's why we welcome plans to upgrade SH2 between Masterton and Featherston.”

Waka Kotahi NZTA is planning to add median barriers, set safe speed limits, build new roundabouts and pedestrian crossings.

Let's face it – with more than 300 traffic deaths each year, we urgently need to cut risk. There's no excuse for doing nothing.”

Mr Morgan says it's smart to invest in making cycling easier and more convenient.

As the Wairarapa population increases, e-bike sales and cycling are booming, it makes sense to invest in bike-friendly streets. That means safer speeds in town and on the highway, and more bike lanes.”

He said the planned SH2 roundabouts could be improved by adding separated bike paths around the outside, like the Ngaumutawa roundabout design. 

"Forcing people on bikes to share a roundabout with heavy vehicles is unsafe and not acceptable."

Contact: Patrick Morgan, tel 027 563 4733

Release Date: 
Tuesday, 27 July, 2021