Waimea Weekly – April 4 issue
There was damage to the Great Taste Trail in February and the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust has been working very hard since then to repair damaged sections.
While devastating, around 95% of the Great Taste Trail is in good shape, so there is still lots to ride. However, it is a priority for the Trust to fix the damaged sections. The Trust and Council have agreed short, medium and long-term solutions for each of the damaged sections. In some places, they are looking at realignment options and this may lead to trail enhancements. In other sections they will improve trail resilience by using different construction methods, materials and technology. Considering the extent of infrastructure damage from the recent storms across the region, the Trust appreciates the hard work done by Trail Manager Josh Aldridge and the support from the Council to get the trail repaired.
The trail from Richmond to Wakefield and Spooners Tunnel was unaffected by the recent storms. In fact, most of the Great Taste Trail is fully open; an excellent day trip is to cycle from Richmond to Spooners and then Norris Gully (36km), even better if you have someone to retrieve the cyclists at the end and head for a cold beer. For anyone not confident on the road section between Wakefield and Wai-iti, an option is to park at Wai-iti Domain and have a relaxed 15km cycle on off-road trail to Spooners Tunnel and Norris Gully.
The Trust, with support from TDC, has applied to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for funding for this work from the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides (MGR) Fund. The recent storm will be classed as an ‘extreme’ event, which means repairs and improvements to its resilience to future storms is eligible for full funding from the MGR fund.
The storm damage was limited to four areas. These are Richmond to Lansdowne Rd (along Lower Queen Street), Rabbit Island, Mapua foreshore, and Motueka to Kaiteriteri. Detours currently in place mean that cyclists can still complete the trail. Please refer to the website www.heartofbiking.org.nz for up-to-date detour information. Please note that repairs are ongoing and riders should follow instructions from signs and workers on site and walk rough sections if you don’t feel comfortable riding.