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NZTA is committed to providing and maintaining appropriate, safe, and cost-effective walking and cycling facilities and traffic information and management techniques aimed at cyclists and pedestrians on state highways, especially where specific safety concerns exist and/or where state highways form part of the most appropriate route for these modes of travel.

 NZTA will fulfil this commitment by:

  • ​Working with local and regional authorities, other transport providers and representatives of cyclists, pedestrians and the disability sector to facilitate an integrated and affordable network approach to planning, providing and maintaining walking and cycling facilities, including cycling and walking on and across state highways where appropriate.
  • Addressing walking and cycling requirements in its strategic transport planning, in its establishment of funding priorities, in its involvement in local and regional land use planning and at the outset of developing all new state highway improvement projects.
  • Seeking consistency between local and regional cycling strategies, the relevant provisions of regional land transport strategies and NZTA's 10-year State Highway Forecast.
  • Delivering facilities for cyclists and pedestrians that represent engineering best practice, high quality urban design and value for money.
  • Recognising the particular requirements of different types of journeys such as commuting, school travel, short urban trips, recreational, tourist and racing. Recognising also that cyclists and pedestrians need to travel both along and across state highways.
  • Gathering data on the numbers of cyclists and pedestrians using the state highway network to enable targeted treatments to be implemented.
  • Maintaining an active network of walking and cycling champions in all NZTA regional offices to consult with cycling and walking stakeholders and ensure the needs of these road users are addressed.


​How NZTA caters for cyclists and pedestrians in a particular location depends on:
  • the surrounding land use - existing and planned;
  • the category of state highway;
  • the existing safety record;
  • whether the state highway is existing or proposed;
  • the numbers and specific needs of cyclists and pedestrians;
  • available and prioritised funding; and
  • the approach taken by the relevant local authorities.

The Planning Policy Manual includes this policy statement and also includes a matrix indicating of the types of treatments that may be applied in different situations. The matrix reflects the approach in NZTA's