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He Ara Kotahi wins cycling and walking excellence awards

Wednesday March 24 2021

He Ara Kotahi won two of the top transport awards in New Zealand last week.

Photo shows two pairs of walkers crossing the bridge, with another person biking across it.

Our iconic bridge and pathway won the Built Excellence Award for Walking and Built Excellence Award for Cycling at the On the Go Awards.

The awards recognise excellence in design, engineering and construction of transport infrastructure which has had a significant impact on encouraging more people of all ages and abilities to walk/cycle.

The awards are only given out bi-annually.

Mayor Grant Smith says it’s great to see He Ara Kotahi acknowledged again.

“Over the past 18 months our residents and visitors have fallen in love with He Ara Kotahi and it is far more popular than anyone ever envisaged. More than 600,000 people have made trips over the bridge and pathway – six times Palmy's population. As well as playing a key transport commuter route between Massey University and Linton Army Camp, it has become an events space, a recreational activity and most importantly, got our residents and visitors connecting with our greatest taonga – the Manawatū River.”

Photo shows couple walking a dog on a leash along a limestone path bordered by mature trees.

Some of the awards He Ara Kotahi has won since opening

  • Sustainable Transport Leadership Award – NZ Transportation Awards.
  • Walking and Public Transport Initiative – Living Streets Aotearoa
  • Best Public Works Project over $5M – NZ Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA)
  • Supreme Winner and winner of the Limited Budget or Not for Profit category – Public Relations Institute of NZ.