Welcome to Bike Hamilton
The hub for your information about the Council's biking initiatives in and around Hamilton.
As part of our Biking Plan we have developed the Bike Hamilton brand, and you'll be seeing this logo on information and at events around the city as we roll out our plans to get more people biking, more often.
Hamilton's 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.
We're building more off-road cycle paths, and developing our network of on-road cycle lanes to make getting around our city on a bike more accessible than ever. Thanks for visiting our page, and drop in to catch up on biking news, events and courses on offer in Hamilton.
Click into Gear
Spring into Gear Ride the Western Rail Trail event update: Unfortunately a decision has been made to cancel this event until further notice due to bad weather conditions. We apologise for any inconvenience and we will keep you posted on an alternative date for the event.
Dust off your bikes, round up the kids, pack a picnic and head down to Norris Ward Park, Sunday 17 September, 10am to noon, for the Spring into Gear. Ride the Western Rail Trail event.
It's a chance for anyone, young or old, who wants to explore the Western Rail Trail under the guidance of our ride Leaders. Starting off at Norris Ward Park there will be lots of activities to do along the trail including, Tron Rocks, cycle skills, bike maintenance, trike riding, Doing Pennants (interactive flag making), Cycle Blend and stilt walkers.
Where: Starting off at Norris Ward Park, ending at Kahikatea Dr (or feel free to bike back to Norris Ward Park)
Free fun for everyone, we can't wait to see you there!
Hamilton Bike Map
The Hamilton Bike Map can be downloaded as a PDF for printing at this link.
It will also be available soon as a fold-up Z-Card from bike shops and council facilities around the city
On one side, the Hamilton-wide map shows the bike lanes, paths and other infrastructure across the city. Then the other side has maps of three areas to explore off road - The Pukete Bridges Loop, The Mangaiti Gully and Tauhara Park, and The River and Sandford Park.
Workshops and social rides
For more information on these three events email Sean.Christian@cyclingnewzealand.nz
Social group rides
Hamilton City Council in conjunction with Cycling New Zealand have designed a programme for people who want to share their love of biking with others, in a supportive and fun environment. There are at least three groups who venture out on a weekly basis and they cater for beginners to intermediate level riders and everyone in between.
- Tuesday 9am, Ride Leader Peter, meet Flagstaff shopping centre.
- Thursday 9.30am, Ladies Social Cycling Group, meet Flagstaff shopping centre.
- Friday 9am, Ride Leader Peter, meet Flagstaff shopping centre.
- Monday 9am, Ride Leader Geoff, meet opposite 1 St Andrews Tce, by river path.
- Saturday 8.30am, Ladies Social Cycling Group, meet behind Wintec Rotokauri - 51 Akoranga Road.
- Monday 9.30am, Ladies Social Cycling Group, meet Gate 2 Hamilton Gardens.
- Thursday 6pm, Ride Leader Mike, meet at Fresca Cafe opposite Gallagher Building on Kahikatea Dr.
Welcome to Bike Hamilton
The Biking Plan
Hamilton’s size and relatively flat landscape make it an ideal option for biking and walking.
Our vision is a bike-friendly city, and one which provides options for commuting and recreational riding, delivering health and economic benefits to our region, while linking with national and regional biking projects.
The plan is not just about cycleways and paths – it is also about providing direction and guidance for road projects and maintenance programmes, educational and promotional campaigns and a network to support both the environment and business.
Four outcomes, six goals
The Biking Plan sets four key outcomes that will make Hamilton a bike-friendly city. The four outcomes are:
- Safe: Accessible and safe biking options are available to everyone.
- Visible: Everywhere you look, people are riding bikes.
- Easy: Biking is an easy activity for transport and recreation.
- Adds Value: Biking adds value to the economy and contributes to a healthy, liveable city.
The six goals are:
- A fully-connected, primary and secondary biking network linking the city and suburbs.
- Recreational biking routes are attractive and enjoyable places to ride.
- More people biking, more often.
- Hamilton’s biking network connects to the regional network.
- Hamilton’s biking network encourages bike tourism.
- The biking plan is integrated into transport and city planning.
Ten great routes to enjoy, now and for the future
The Biking Plan delivers ten major projects, some building on existing networks and some entirely new. Delivery of the routes have been staged into short term, medium term, and long term.
Western Rail Trail – Providing an off road connection from the south-west suburbs to the
central city, parallel to the rail track.
School link – Providing a safe cycleway for almost 9,500 students who go to school within the
Hukanui/Peachgrove Road corridor.
Resolution Drive – New cycleway facilities to match residential growth and provide links to and across the Waikato Expressway.
State Highway 3 – Provide a cycleway along State Highway 3 connecting southern suburbs to the city.
Minogue Park Bridge – a pedestrian/bike bridge across State Highway 1 and the Rail track providing a safe connection to the destination playground.
University route – Continuation of the cycleway from the central city to the University parallel to the rail track.
Central City – Provide cycleways to connect to and through the central city.
Te Awa River Ride South - Completing the Te Awa River Ride from Cobham Bridge through to the
South of the city.
Wairere Drive – Upgrade the existing cycleway to separate it from vehicles between The Base
Te Awa River Ride, Hamilton river path – Upgrade the existing cycleway to provide a three-metre shared path with appropriate bike friendly facilities.