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New shared pathway provides safe route to Whakarongo School

Monday May 9 2016

Whakarongo means listen, and that’s what the Council has done in responding to community pleas for a safe, healthy alternative for children to travel to and from a primary school on busy Stoney Creek Road.

Photo shows mayor and primary school child cutting the ribbon to open a new cycleway.

A new 1.2km shared pathway from James Line to Stoney Creek Road was officially opened last Friday. This morning, students at Whakarongo School were able to bike or walk to class for the first time in 12 years.

“It’s all about the kids,” said Palmerston North City Mayor Grant Smith, who cut the ribbon in front of an enthusiastic crowd gathered to celebrate the new pathway.

Palmerston North City Council and Manawatū District Council had a shared vision to make the region the best place to ride a bike, he said. With projects like this, “I’m confident we’re on track.”

School board chairman Phil Ward said: “It’s a remarkable achievement – especially when you consider it’s been less than a year since our submission to Council.”

He thanked all the people whose expertise had come together to deliver what he described as an asset the community would cherish.

“It will redefine how our kids get to and from school. It will make a massive difference in the lives of our students.”

The $230,000 pathway was built by Blackley Construction.