A call for the Tasman District Council's entire $20 million transport budget next year to be dedicated to cyclists and other vulnerable road users has been made by Golden Bay cycling advocate Victoria Davis.
However, council transportation manager Roger Ashworth described Ms Davis's call as "unreasonable" saying the council already spent $300,000 a year on cycleways in the district.
Bicycle Lanes in Paradise representative Ms Davis says radical measures are called for to compensate for the council having "ignored this sector for the past decade".
Ms Davis intends speaking on her submission to the council's annual plan before the full council at a hearing in Takaka on Monday.
"Transport is the council's largest single expenditure. People want to cycle more in Golden Bay and they want safe provision for cycling and other vulnerable road users."
"TDC say they will provide cycling facilities in Richmond which has a big population and a larger need but we (Golden Bay) get nothing and that is unacceptable," Ms Davis said.
Stressing the importance of finding strategies for reducing carbon emissions on the roads, Ms Davis said: "The faster we go the more we pollute so we should be embracing non-polluting road users."
The National Cycling Advocates Network has also called for councils and the Government to invest more in cycling facilities.
CAN spokesman Stephen McKernon said councils should do more. "We urge councils to meet the demand for safe and convenient cycling by developing cycling plans and investing in cycle lanes, traffic reduction, bike parking, driver education and safety campaigns," he said.
Mr Ashworth said most of the council's $20 million annual budget for transportation was spent on maintaining the existing road network.
"We acknowledge and appreciate other road users but the reality is the majority of road users are car drivers," he said. "The council spends a significant amount of its budget investigating shared pathways for cyclists and road users. In Golden Bay a new shared path is about to be built in Rototai Rd."
Mr Ashworth said the Rototai Rd pathway was expected to be completed by Christmas.