Napier Hastings and New Plymouth have been choosen from a short list as the two target Model Communities.
The two communities will receive $7.5 million for funding walking and cycling facilities to significantly enhance walking as a transport mode; creating healthy, safe, and economically robust communities.
Model communities aim to reduce congestion by providing user-friendly environments for walking and cycling. Investment is targeted at communities that have proven long-term commitment to significantly increasing walking and cycling as a practical and safe travel option, for the benefit of all road users. Councils will use a variety of tools across all council business and operations to make walking and cycling a practical and safe travel option. These communities they will in turn become models for development in other New Zealand towns and cities.
See our press release here