Media release: 8 November 2012
If you’re going for a short trip around Orewa, why not go by foot or bike?
A new map from Auckland Transport shows residents how easily walking and cycling can fit into their day, from their home to the local shop, school and workplace, all in a 5km radius of the Orewa Estuary.
The map highlights the 7.5km shared Te Ara Tahuna pathway that wends its way around the scenic estuary and the many walkways, off-road paths and safe cycle routes to help residents get to where they’re going faster and smarter.
For schoolchildren, a number of schools around the estuary are within 2km of the path. To avoid traffic congestion at the school gate many families may find it more convenient to walk or cycle the path instead of driving the kids to school.
There are also several workplaces around the path in the Orewa and Silverdale town centres and with summer approaching, people might find it relaxing to fit in a walk or cycle around the estuary on their journey to and from work.
On the map are walking links to public transport routes into the City, the Shore and out onto the Whangaparoa Peninsula, so there are also opportunities for people to leave the car at home for their commuter journeys.
The map has a helpful code of conduct that encourages all users of the shared pathway to be considerate and respectful of each other. Everyone is encouraged to keep left and give way to anyone who travels slower and pass only when it is safe to do so. Walkers should pass in a single line and runners should pass walkers with care. Cyclists are reminded to slow down and alert others on the path when approaching and not to use the path for racing or time trials.
On the first Sunday of each month between 10am to 12 noon, Auckland Transport has Ride 'n' Repair stations in the Western Reserve. People can take their bike along to the bike mechanic who will make minor adjustments for them and show them how to check the bike for safety. Auckland Transport also has guided rides along the estuary path.
A copy of the map can be downloaded (PDF 335Kb) or picked up from the reception desk at the Auckland Council Orewa office and libraries and leisure centres in the area.
For more information on Ride 'n' Repair stations, please see Biking & Cycleways.