This project will
Create cycleway linking suburbs with the city
Improve biking and pedestrian safety
Allow for future growth in city-wide bike network
We are planning to provide an off-road, two-way cycleway which will link Fairfield and the central city via Claudelands Bridge.
The upgrades include:
This project is part of a wider bike network plan already underway. We’ve already completed changes to Claudelands Bridge in 2019 and intersection upgrades around Grey Street in late 2022.
The upgrade on Heaphy Terrace is planned to happen at the same time as protected bike lanes on Brooklyn Road – which will be connected by a new shared path through Claudelands Park.
The changes are linked to future improvements as part of Eastern Pathways Te Ara o te Rawhiti, which aims to provide safe and accessible cycleways for residents who live, work and study in Hamilton East.
September 2023Public feedback has closed, and the project has moved to the design phase.
December 2023With final design and construction approval from Waka Kotahi, we expect work to begin in December 2023.
January 2024Our goal is to complete the project by early 2024. All projects in the Transport Choices programme will be completed by June 2024.
Claudelands Park is a key central location between the city centre and the eastern suburbs of Hamilton. The protected bike lanes will make it safer for people on bikes, people using scooters and pedestrians to travel between the two locations.
Yes. The new cycleway and safety improvements on Heaphy Terrace will increase connectivity to Claudelands Park, one of the city’s premier green spaces. Two other projects planned for neighbouring Brooklyn Road and Claudelands Park involve new pedestrian crossings, protected bike lanes and a shared pathway to make it easier for people to access the park too.
Raised platforms at the entrances to Claudelands Park and a raised pedestrian crossing on Heaphy Terrace will make it safer for people with disabilities to travel along the street, access bus services and other community buildings.
The existing bollards/boundary line will be relocated and set back behind a new footpath next to the cycle track.
Council arborists will be assessing the tree root network of nearby tree line, measures will be taken for root protection where required.
There are five entrances into Claudelands Park and Claudelands Event Centre along Heaphy Terrace, which have relatively low traffic volumes, and some have restricted access with bollards installed. All entrances will have a raised safety platform to ensure continuity of the bike lanes.
Transport Choices projects are funded up to 90% by the Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF), not taxpayer or road user charges. Councils fund the balance of project costs. Funding for Transport Choices is administered by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
Heaphy Terrace project budget, $1.35 million. Council’s share is $135,000.
Claudelands Park shared pathway project budget, $750,000. Council’s share is $75,000.
Last updated 20 September 2023