Footpaths

​​Footpaths in our district

Council maintains 212km of footpaths in the district. The district's footpaths provide a safe and convenient space for pedestrians, especially in urban areas.

Footpaths enable pedestrians to get to and from their place of work or school and move around the community to meet in social, sporting, work or cultural events. A safe and effective footpath network helps the environment by encouraging people to walk or jog to their destinations rather than drive.

Council resurfaces approximately 4% of the footpath surface each year. Funding for the maintenance of footpaths, new footpaths, footpath resurfacing and new kerb and channelling is provided through rates.

When looking after the district's footpaths, Council also looks at:

​Footpath construction​Footpath maintenance
​Pedestrian crossings ​Street furniture
​Lighting ​Access onto footpaths
​Utility services​Cleaning
​Vegetation ​Mobility impaired users

Future developments

Future demand for new footpaths is mainly expected to arise from subdivisions where the paths are part of the development. Improvements are also planned for footpaths in industrial areas, and to provide a second footpath on some streets which currently only have a footpath on one side of the road.

The current level of footpath upgrading is intended to provide footpath assets that meet the current and long-term expectations of users; this level of service is not expected to change in the next 10 years. However, there may be a need to consider providing footpaths at some locations in selected rural areas to provide for growth in pedestrian traffic especially around the perimeters of urban developments.

Learn more about renewal and maintenance of footpaths in the District's Long Term Plan 2015-25
Learn about Council's road improvement projects

Page reviewed: 14 Feb 2017 4:55pm