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Thane Houston-Stevens
An inland port would ease vehicle congestion at the inner harbour and on roads through the city. This could be located west of the city at Matawhero or to the east at Sponge Bay. A new port road could be established along seaward side of Kaiti Hill.
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Thane Houston-Stevens
Urban shared streets within the CBD should be explored in the spatial plan. These could be a good way to connect the CBD with the river walkway and help to introduce activity into the side streets adjacent to Gladstone Road. More street trees and amenities for passive pedestrian movements.
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Thane Houston-Stevens
The spatial plan should look at ways to increase bus patronage through providing appropriate amenities and signage along existing routes, increasing visibility of the service to the public.
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Thane Houston-Stevens
Investigate the option of connecting rail to Bay of Plenty via a northern line along the already established (but not completed) route. This could be in addition to, or instead of, a reconnection south to Hawkes Bay.
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I would like to see all future projects roading projects led with walking and cycling (W&C) first - rather than building for cars - and all other projects (civil, cultural etc.) at least considering it. All business cases should have W&C thinking considered before funding is approved. Gisborne has the 2nd highest rates of obesity in NZ yet it is the perfect city for getting around by foot or bike. It would be great to do something radical to make it NZ's top city for cycling. This would improve health and the environment and ease congestion.

I am also supportive of investigating all options for reducing conflict between logging trucks, safety and lifestyle.
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I'd love to see a cycling project being commissioned in Ruatoria. It would see an opportunity for community pride, health as well as tourism. What would we need in order for this to be considered in the town plan?
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» We know that the movement of logging trucks through our communities to the Port is a major challenge. How can this be made more sustainable/less impactful on our roads? less forestry, rail

» Should we consider:

> an alternative Port location? yes

> use of rail? yes, absolutely

> a northern port ? yes

> a heavy vehicle bypass for Gisborne city? yes

» Should Tairawhiti consider a wider regional walking / cycle trail network? yes. We need tons more of these. Build them and people will come!

» Where could new walking and cycling trails be located? everywhere. Out to pouawa, out to te kuri a paoa. along the town rivers. more on titirangi.

» How can we increase walking and cycling access through the CBD? cycle lanes, less cars, car free areas.
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Totally agree with the cycling and walking suggestions. Gisborne has wide roads - perfect to add protected cycle lanes without much work.
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» Should Tairawhiti consider a wider regional walking / cycle trail network?

Yes! Look at cities in Europe for inspiration...

We have crazy good weather most of the year round - it makes so much sense for us to be cycling as one of our main modes of transport. We need to look at reducing the barriers that are stopping us from jumping on our bikes and hopping into the car...

- Safe cycle lanes throughout all city roads
- Infrastructure that allows cyclists to avoid scary parts of the road like roundabouts and traffic lights

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Please consider the following suggestion to make Gisborne CBD/Parks/Beaches and Rivers more connected and safer for all walkers and cyclists:
* An underpass track under the Rutene Road Bridge by extending the current river walkway down under the bridge and slope up to the otherside of the Esplanade. Similar to the walkway under the Gladstone Road Bridge.
This would join up with the existing pathway at the end of the Esplanade up into Cheeseman Road and thru to the existing pathway from Heta Road into Anzac Park.
Involves a new, short, compacted sandstone track be constructed ...
.An underpass would extend the existing walkway to a large and beautiful part of the city, being Inner Kaiti and Anzac Park.
An underpass at the Rutene Road bridge would enable many pedestrians, cyclists etc to safely travel into or out of the CBD.or the harbour area or to join up with the rivers and Wakanae Beach walkway without crossing any busy road,
Crossing anywhere along Rutene Road is dangerous especially for the residents of nearby care homes, school children and walkers from the walkway.
There a number of intersections along Rutene Road with nil safe crossings between the Ormond Rd roundabout and De Latour Rd roundabout. The suggested underpass would be the only safe traverse away from busy traffic between the aforementioned areas.
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I think as well as a network of separated cycleways within the Gisborne urban area, we should also provide recreational cycling opportunities up and down the coast. A separate, dedicated cycle and walkway connecting Gisborne to Opotiki via the coast would not only be an asset to our residents, but also to attract tourists to our region.
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I think as well as a network of separated cycleways within the Gisborne urban area, we should also provide recreational cycling opportunities up and down the coast. A separate, dedicated cycle and walkway connecting Gisborne to Opotiki via the coast would not only be an asset to our residents, but also to attract tourists to our region.
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