15 May 2009
Cycle Aware Wellington welcomes Minister of Tourism John Key's proposal for a series of Great Rides forming the backbone of a national cycleway.
An iconic Great Ride will be the Great Harbour Way, a cycling and walking route around Wellington Harbour (http://www.greatharbourway.org.nz/).
"The Great Harbour Way route passes Wellington Airport, the ferry terminals and railway station, and so will be accessible to tourists visiting Wellington and in transit to the South Island," says CAW spokesman Patrick Morgan.
"There are few places in the world where you can cycle and walk the entire shoreline of a major harbour."
The route also provides connections to the Hutt River Trail and the Rimutaka Rail Trail. Once the "gap" - the lack of a good cycling and walking route between Ngauranga and Petone - is fixed, cyclists will be able to travel from Wellington city to the Wairarapa on a mix of cycle paths and quiet roads.
About the Great Harbour Way
The Great Harbour Way project aims to promote a Walkway and Cycleway around Te Whanganui-a-tara, the harbour of Wellington, New Zealand. The aim is that there will be a continuous, safe, signposted walkway and cycleway around the whole perimeter of Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Wellington Harbour from Fitzroy bay in the east to Sinclair Head in the west.
Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW) is this region's advocacy group for people who use the bicycle as a means of transport and for recreation. We are a voluntary, non-profit organisation which aims to both improve conditions for existing cyclists and encourage more people to bike more often.
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See an image of the Great Harbour Way at http://www.greatharbourway.org.nz/