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May 2016

Free courses to share the love of biking

Hamilton City Council, in conjunction with Cycling New Zealand, is offering a series of free training courses to encourage people to share their love of biking around our city.

The courses are held through May and June, and people are invited to register their interest in one or more of the courses, with venues to be set once numbers are confirmed.

Courses include:

  • Ride leader; a course is for people who want to share their love of biking, that will teach people how to lead groups, based on the principles of adventure, wellbeing and enjoyment.
  • Unlock your love of biking; designed for people new to biking or returning to it. Participants learn fundamental bike skills to ensure they are confident and have the abilities to ride in a variety of environments.
  • The art of bunch riding; fun and engaging workshops about skills and techniques on how to effectively ride in a bunch. Workshops may include techniques such as how to ride close to others, rotating, moving as a bunch at intersections, eating and drinking on the bike, moving through a bunch, and how and when to single or double file.
  • Bike maintenance; Interactive workshops that teach participants biking fundamentals like how to change a puncture, look after their bike, take wheels on and off, and ensure their bike and equipment is right for them. There will also be an opportunity for people to work with qualified mechanics to answer any equipment questions for any type of biking.

Participants can enro​l in one or more sessions. To register, or for further information emailride@cyclingnewzealand.nz or phone 07 823 0716.​​​

April 2016

Hamilton City Council, in conjunction with Cycling New Zealand, is offering a free training course for confident bike riders, to develop a pool of people able to be ride ambassadors for the city.

The initiative is looking for people who want to inspire others to make the most of the city’s extensive network of on and off-road biking paths.

The free course is offered in Hamilton 20 April and runs from 9.30am to 3pm. Hamilton City Council City Transport Unit Manager Jason Harrison says the course is aimed at confident riders who have the experience to introduce others to the benefits of riding a bike.

“Hamilton is an ideal city for biking. It’s relatively flat and has around 130km of bike paths and cycle lanes including almost 30km of stunning river paths so people on bikes can enjoy rides along the Waikato River,” he says. “It’s great to be partnering with Cycling New Zealand to offer these programmes, which mean people can become cycling ambassadors and group leaders across Hamilton. Whether you ride for fitness, or just enjoy exploring our city on a bike, we would love you to be involved and help inspire others,” Mr Harrison says.

A further Cycling New Zealand course, in association with Waipa District Council, is being held in Cambridge on 27 April.

To register, or for further information, email ride@cyclingnewzealand.nz or phone 07 823 0716​.

▶︎ Download or view the Share Your Love of Biking poster​ (PDF, 1.4MB)

​​​​​February 2016

​Final designs for the Western Rail Trail biking path will be on display at a public information day on Wednesday 17 February.

Hamilton City Council representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the 2.7km shared path, which will follow the rail line through Frankton and connect Hamilton’s south-western suburbs to the central city.

The information day will be held at the Waikato Hockey Clubrooms at Innes Common, with people welcome to drop in at any time between 2pm and 7pm. The final design includes features developed after feedback from a previous open day and from biking groups as well as residents along the route.

“When the Western Rail Trail opens in July it will be a great addition to our city’s biking network, and is one of the milestone projects in our Biking Plan,” says the Council’s Transportation Unit Manager Jason Harrison

“We expect the trail to have around 300 users a day, not just for commuters and visitors, but also for the more than 1600 students within 500 metres of the route.”

The path includes signalised crossings as it crosses four main roads, Killarney Road, Fraser Street, Lake Road and Seddon Road, and connects with the wider transport network via Islington Street, Moana Street and Hastings Place.

“With a rail history theme and interpretive signage exploring Frankton’s heritage, landscaping, lighting along the trail and drinking fountains, rubbish bins, bike fix-it stations, seating and tables, the Western Rail Trail will be a great new asset for the local community.

​“I encourage anyone with an interest in biking around our city to come along and see what the trail will offer,” Mr Harrison says.


October 2015

​The first Western Rail Trail Biking Path Information Day was held on Wednesday 21 October at the Waikato Hockey Association clubrooms from 2pm to 7pm. Hamilton City Council staff and consultants were on hand to explain the design plans for the 2.7km path, which links the southwestern suburbs with the central city. 

As part of the information day a series of explanatory posters were produced which you can view or download below:



One of the milestone projects in Hamilton City Council’s Biking Plan moves to the next stage with a public information day on for the Western Rail Trail next week.
 
The information day will be held at the Waikato Hockey Association clubrooms at Innes Common, from 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday 21 October. It will explain plans for the 2.7km shared path, due to be built by June of next year.
 
The path is the first of 10 milestone projects listed in the Biking Plan, and is a direct response to community requests for safe off-road biking options for commuters, students and recreational users. The route will travel along the rail corridor from Kahikatea Drive, around the west of Lake Rotoroa, then to Ward Park and the central city.
 
“The Western Rail Trail will link the southwestern suburbs with the central city, and is part of our larger plan to create a safe and family-friendly biking network for our city,” says Jason Harrison, Hamilton City Council’s Transportation Unit Manager.
 
“The Trail is expected to initially have around 300 users a day as it provides a direct and attractive option for commuters, and it will also be a safe option for families, with more than 1600 students within 500 metres of the route.”
 
Representatives from Hamilton City Council and project consultants will be available to answer questions from the public at the information day, and feedback is sought from the community on how the trail can be enhanced and improved.


September 2015


Residents in Hamilton’s southwestern suburbs may see a high-tech mobile laboratory in action next week; one of the latest tools deployed to help fulfil the aims of the Hamilton City Council’s Biking Plan.

The Opus CPT Rig will be working on the proposed route for the Western Rail Trail bike path, measuring soil properties, assessing the type, relative density and stiffness of the ground as the final route is developed.

CPT stands for Cone Penetration Testing, and the rig carries on-board computer software and equipment to enable accurate on-site display of results in real time.

Results from the testing will help design the path, which will travel the rail corridor from Kahikatea Drive, around the west of Lake Rotoroa, to Ward Park and the CBD.

The 2.7km off-road shared path, one of the 10 projects identified in the city’s Biking Plan, will connect the south western suburbs to the city centre, Hamilton Girls High School and Wintec City Campus.

The Trail is expected to attract over 300 users a day, and funding for the project is largely drawn from the government’s Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund. Construction is expected to start early next year, with completion expected mid-year.​​

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Hamilton City Council staff and Opus consultants were out and about last week along the proposed route for the Western Rail Trail bike path.

Designs for the path are currently being developed, and the route will travel the rail corridor from Kahikatea Drive, around the west of Lake Rotoroa, to Ward Park and the CBD.

The 2.7km off-road shared path will connect the south western suburbs to the city centre, Hamilton Girls High School and Wintec City Campus.

The Trail is expected to attract over 300 users a day, and funding for the project is largely drawn from the government’s Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund. Construction is expected to start early next year, with completion expected mid-year.
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