Kapiti Council’s elected members have managed to temporarily halt plans by the New Zealand Transport Agency to narrow Waikanae Bridge, to make way for a cycleway.
Waikanae Community Board Chair Jocelyn Prvanov told Beach FM, that a briefing meeting last Thursday was the first time elected members heard about the full impact of NZTA plans for a cycleway, that will run through to Peka Peka.
To incorporate the cycleway, the current proposal is to narrow the road in the main built up area of Waikanae, widen the clip-ons and then narrow the bridge.
Prvanov says the bridge is narrow as it is, “making it any narrower is going to make things even more dangerous”.
“That was first we’d heard of it, so there was a lot of uneasiness, not only from members of the Waikanae community board but other councillors,” she says.
Prvanov says plans are now on hold until “we get around the table and have a good conversation about it.”
“Next week we’re going to have a two-hour workshop on this because it seems that there hasn’t been a lot of consultation and I suppose elected members aren’t really aware what’s happening,” says Prvanov
Beach FM has sought comment from NZTA on the matter.
You can also listen to an audio recoding of the interview with Jocelyn Prvanov. (The audio player may not show on some devices but you can click on this link to find the full interview https://www.beachfm.co.nz/local-national-politics )