Rotorua bosses may have to provide showers and cycle racks and subsidise workers' bus fares if a new transport strategy takes off.
Employers will be encouraged to promote alternative transport to reduce the number of cars on local roads. Encouraging cycling, walking and greater use of public transport into the city are among a range of innovative plans the Rotorua District Council has outlined in its Rotorua Transport Demand Management strategy.
The council developed the strategy as a requirement of the Land Transport Management Act 2003 which requires regions to contribute to economic development and road safety, improve access and mobility, promote public health and protect the environment.
The council is asking for public feedback on the strategy this month.
Rotorua District Council works manager Peter Dine said the council planned to spend $10 million over the next 10 years implementing the strategy. Just under a third will be spent on a new passenger terminal to be sited in a current carpark on Haupapa St, near Rotorua's current passenger terminal on Fenton St.
"Something needs to happen, it's overflowing," Mr Dine said of the visitor centre. "We need to provide more space for buses and we need to link it to the local bus service."
Another major change could see employers required or given incentives to provide cycle racks, showers and subsidised bus transport for staff. In return employers would not have to provide as many car parks for their staff, as required under the strategy.
[from the Rotorua Daily Post]
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On the 4th of February a large bunch of riders met at Rotorua's council buildings and agreed that a cycle advocacy group was needed in this popular cycling town. The inauguaral group meeting is likely to be held soon to discuss its goals and cycle strategy priorities. If you'd like to be involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the details.