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Another link in the chain

The new cycleway stretches off into the distance.

It’s just a short 1.5 kilometres but another crucial link in the 19-kilometre Omokoroa to Tauranga cycleway.

It begins at the new Tamihana Park and runs the foot of the railway embankment, crosses the Mangawhai Estuary before following the harbour's edge and esplanade reserve to Huharua Park.

The NZTA’s Ross I’Anson says it’s great to see another section of the ‘incredible’ cycleway open. “We want to see more people out on bikes and cycleways like this make it so much easier to do just that.”

The Plummers Point Connection is both new and existing off-road shared paths and local road connections that provide a link between Omokoroa and Tauranga City's existing urban cycleway network. The trail surface is a mixture of gravel, concrete and chip-seal.

The cycleway is officially opened tomorrow, Saturday July 20 from 10am at the new Tamihana Park at the end of Lynley Park Drive. It’ll be a community event – you can walk, scoot or ride the new link and there will be some added entertainment like a barbeque, drinks and spot prizes.

Western Bay of Plenty mayor Garry Webber will do the honours along with representatives from the Tauranga City Council, NZTA and local hapu.

“Already we are seeing the benefits the complete cycleway sections offer - whether cycling to work, schools using them as an educational tool or for recreational use.”

Three stages of the Omokoroa to Tauranga cycleway still need to be completed   including the final State Highway 2 bridge clip-on cycleway over the Wairoa River.

The cycleway has been jointly funded by Central Government, the NZ Transport Agency, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council.

Additional contributors include the NZ Community Trust, TECT and the Omokoroa Community Board.

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