Tahunanui Cycleway


P8 For tahunanui cycleway story


Project Manager: Nelson City Council
Budget: TBC
Status: Pending
Time frame: TBC

August 2017

Following the recent decision by the Works and Infrastructure Committee to ask staff to revisit the Tahunanui Cycleway, a new approach has been approved by Council.

Based on the clear message from the previous public submissions the new approach places much stronger emphasis on including key stakeholders and the community in developing the final outcome of a preferred route for the cycleway.

With this in mind, a two stage approach will be used. The first includes the formation of an advisory group including Chair of the Works and Infrastructure Committee Stuart Walker, Councillor Lawrey, a representative of Bicycle Nelson Bays, a representative of the New Zealand Transport Agency and Council staff.

This group will focus on possible options before moving to the second stage which will involve targeted consultation with the Tahunanui community to finalise a specific route.

The goal as presented in the report is to agree a final option for implementation which will be presented to the Works and Infrastructure Committee for approval around March 2018.

June 2017

At the Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on 29 June a notice of motion was brought asking the Committee to revisit the proposal for the Tahunanui Cycleway. The recommendation for the preferred cycleway option was lost at the May 18 committee meeting.

After hearing from the community in the public forum and much discussion around the table, the Committee has decided to not pursue the previous recommended route at this time. The matter will now be referred back to Council. A report will be presented at an upcoming Council meeting that will outline options for moving the project forward in partnership with the community to see if a more desirable route can be achieved. 

May 2017

The recommendation for the preferred route option was not passed at the meeting of the Works and Infrastructure Committee on May 18 2017. No further work was done on this project following this decision. 

Update March 2017

Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend one of the Open Days and share their feedback on the proposed Tahunanui cycleway.  We received feedback from over 90 people.

Your feedback and further research being carried at the moment will be reported back to the Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on 18 May where the future direction of the project will be discussed.  Council will update everyone who shared their feedback with the next steps once this has been discussed. 

Feedback now closed

Initial public consultation for the project has been undertaken and analysis of findings completed. Three routes, including a preferred route, were identified for further investigation during this first project phase.

During the first project phase three routes, including a preferred route, were identified for further investigation. The initial preferred route has now been amended, making it shorter, more direct, safer and more enjoyable for cyclists. The feedback period has now closed but you can Download a copy of the information brochure (1.7MB PDF) for more details here. 


Nelson City Council wants to make cycling a safe, convenient and commonplace way of getting around Nelson.

Tahunanui is a comparatively flat suburb (except for the Tahunanui Hills) and is suitable for cycling for the school run, for fun, going shopping and commuting. However, it currently has few cycling facilities for residents.  The Tahunanui Cycleway project will provide a safe route for all; for school children, those who are less confident cyclists, as well as serious cyclists wanting more choice. 

Once built, the new route will join up the existing shared cycleways at the airport and Tahunanui beach area.

This project has been successful in obtaining Urban Cycleway Programme Funding from the NZ Transport Agency and is included in the 2015-2018 Regional Land Transport Plan and the 2015-2025 Long-term Plan. Council has commissioned MWH New Zealand Limited to deliver the next stage of the project.  You can read more about the national Urban Cycleway initiative here.

You can read more about the first phase on investigation into the project that happened in 2014 here.

View the Community Engagement Summary (3.3MB PDF) and the Recommended Solution Delivery 3 (5.6MB PDF).


See the draft route map here.  (1.3MB PDF)