New Zealand Cycle Trail to be expanded to include backcountry roads

The Ministry of Economic Development is planning to expand the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

It intends to add a number of back country routes to the 18 predominantly off-road trails being built.

The first expansion ride will be on State Highway 43, known as the Forgotten Highway, which runs through the King Country and Taranaki.

Ministry of Economic Development spokesperson Sarah Berry says other routes will follow.

While there's no set funding for these routes, local authorities and the Transport Agency are likely to pay for signs and minor road improvements, such as shoulder widening.

Cycling Advocates Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan says it's great news the cycle trail is being added to.

He says the additional rides will no doubt increase cycle tourism, which currently generates about $320 million a year.


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