Urban mobility

We think rolling out a better cycling network across Te Awamutu and Cambridge will get more people out of cars and onto bikes, scooters or out walking.

If we improved walkways and cycleways to make it safer and easier for people to get around, alternative transport could become our 'new normal'. An urban mobility network has many benefits:

  • Streets are returned to people, making our towns people-centric, not car-centric
  • It’s great for the environment, reducing vehicle emissions
  • We can improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians - less crashes!
  • We cater for different age groups and abilities
  • We remove traffic congestion, especially at peak hours
  • When we do need to use a car, it’ll be easier to find a park

What’s happening now?

Waipā has some problems:

Safety for pedestrians and cyclists
Safety is the biggest concern for the public to walk or bike in towns. We have a yearly average of 17 reported crashes in Te Awamutu and Cambridge involving pedestrians or cyclists. More than half of the are injury crashes. Unsuitable cycleway design at intersections or roundabouts is a key reason people don’t want to bike on the road.

Travel choices
One challenge is a dependence on cars. It results in traffic congestion, air pollution and parking pressure in our towns. Cycling, scootering or walking for shorter commutes reduces the need to travel by vehicle.

Waipā has invested in cycleways around the district, however many of these don't link to other routes. The cycle routes should link to as many possible origins and destinations so they are easier and more convenient to use.

Waipa is growing, more people are working here, and we’re enjoying larger visitor numbers. There are very limited facilities available for cycling to cater for growing demand.


You told us...

The community provided strong support to roll out an urban mobility network in Cambridge and Te Awamutu to better connect places like schools, shops and workplaces for cyclists, pedestrians and scooter users.

While there are many benefits to safer cycling walking and scootering through an urban mobility network, such as less traffic congestion, reduced vehicle emissions, better safety, less demand on parking, and more vibrant towns, Council did acknowledge that a willingness to change our behaviours to benefit wellbeing can be difficult for some residents, as we have seen through the Streets for People project.

So while Council has committed to roll out an Urban Mobility Network, Council would like to set up an independent committee or community working group in the best interests of good community outcomes.

The Urban Mobility Network will cost $10,920,120 with $5,569,261 in funding from Waka Kotahi (NZTA).

The 2021-31 Long Term Plan will be adopted by Council in June 2021.



Our proposal for the next 10 years - let’s look at the options



Status quo - do nothing



Build a network of cycling routes

This option:

  • Costs nothing – no impact on rates


  • Doesn’t change the current safety risks for pedestrians and cyclists
  • We remain more dependent on cars
  • Does not alleviate parking demand in our town centres
  • Is less environmentally sustainable



This option:

  • Reduces air pollution and carbon emissions by promoting walking and cycling
  • Provides health benefits for residents
  • Increases the number of people cycling, walking and scootering
  • Frees up parking in our towns
  • Improves road safety


  • Is limited to Cambridge and Te Awamutu
  • Comes at a substantial cost






$10,920,120 with $5,569,261 funding from Waka Kotahi (NZTA)

impact on rates:


impact on rates:






Year 1 = $7,350

Year 2 = $35,941

Year 3 = $68,782

Year 4-10 yearly average = $203,584

impact on debt:


impact on debt:




In summary:


In summary:

In a nutshell, Option 1 has no cost impact, but it’s not sustainable. We miss an opportunity to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, we remain more dependent on vehicles, and parking woes intensify with growing towns.  

    An urban mobility network is an important way for us to respond locally to the impacts of climate change. If we have a safe and easy to use walking and cycling network, we rely less on vehicles, promoting sustainability, and returning our streets back to people.


    We prefer OPTION 2.

    We think the health benefits for residents, reduced air pollution, reduced traffic congestion, improved road safety, and better connectivity in our towns far outweighs the status quo.


    The future of walking and cycling

    Using feedback you gave us about Urban Mobility last year, we’ve created two plans which show a potential walking and cycling route could look like in Cambridge and Te Awamutu.

    These plans :

    • Link the north of Cambridge to south, the west of Te Awamutu to the east and Te Awamutu to Kihikihi,
    • Create a cohesive, direct and safe pathway for cyclists to move across our main towns,
    • Provide connections to key destinations such as schools,
    • Allow residents to get just about anywhere in town safely and easily on a bike or scooter, and
    • Get more people out of their cars. 

    Click here to see what we are proposing for Cambridge

    Click here to see what we are proposing for Te Awamutu

    We’re seeking feedback on these maps too.

    If enough residents like Option 2, we’ll get started on the detailed design for these maps at the end of the year.

    We’ll also consult with you as we progress, so you’ll get a chance to let us know your thoughts on the finer details of the Urban Mobility plans.

    Find out more about the Urban Mobility plan




    New walk ways and cycle ways would be awesome. Have a different path or road for walking and cycling would make all users feel safer.
    Given that there are a large numbers of cyclists and the rideability of our District, this would be fantastic for our communities and for the safety of young ones and getting them out on bikes too.
    I think biking and walking should be the priority for transportation around town. Leave cars for the longer trips.


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