The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) supports the first National Cycleway projects announced by Prime Minister, John Key.
Seven projects have been recommended for starting this spring. They are: Waikato River Trail, Central North Island Rail Trail, Mount Ruapehu to Wanganui, St James Trail, Hokianga to Opua/Russell, Hauraki Plains Trail and Southland Around the Mountain Rail Trail.
CAN also notes the transport Government Policy Statement includes funding for other cycling and walking projects under the allocation for demand management and community programmes ($145 million over three years), and through provision for cycling within ad hoc roading projects.
CAN spokes person Stephen McKernon says, "A well-developed cycling network is more important than ever before. It is good to see the network recognised as nationally important, and we look forward to a range of other projects to build its benefits for local communities".