Walk and bike Matamata
What's this project all about?
The Matamata community let us know through Pride of Place and Long Term Plan consultations that you'd like to see better walking and biking connections in Matamata. You gave us feedback and ideas for how we can make it a more attractive option for pedestrians, cyclists and microwheel users (mobility scooters, wheelchairs, prams, scooters, etc) to safely and easily get from A to B in Matamata, particularly to local schools and the town centre.
Thanks to Transport Choices funding from Waka Kotahi, we have the opportunity to test some ideas including a bike route, crossings and other improvements. From 25 February to 26 March we trialled a range of measures to demonstrate different ways we could use our existing roads, berms and footpaths to create better connections. We needed your help to see what worked, what didn’t and hear what ideas you were keen to go ahead with. We also asked for your thoughts on some suggested locations for safer crossing points.
We received over 200 responses from the community, made up of feedback received at the all-ages community event Bike Day Out on 25 February, our interactive stands at Matamata Library and the online survey. All feedback was anonymous and has been published below. Although we are only able to consider suggestions made for the local roads we look after, we will be passing on your feedback about crossings and safety improvements on the state highways to Waka Kotahi.
We’ll start packing down the measures from this week, review the feedback and come back to you soon with next steps. By popular demand, we will leave the speed cushion pads on Centennial Drive and remove the full width speed humps.
If you haven't already, please sign up to receive email updates about the BIke Day Out/Matamata Connectivity project here.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Matamata Connectivity Project was identified through the latest Long Term Plan consultations. The objective of this project is to provide additional infrastructure to allow for better walking and cycling connectivity within Matamata. This could include raised platform crossings, pedestrian traffic islands, footpaths, etc.