Timaru District residents and visitors alike have a strong interest in walking and biking. Shared tracks have been established in Timaru, Temuka, Geraldine and Pleasant Point. These are proving to be very popular.
There are also a limited number of tracks in rural areas.
The tracks are currently used 50 / 50 by people walking and biking. Over the last decade those biking has grown considerably. The vast majority of the District's tracks are shared ones that can be used for both walking and biking. Although the following 2 tracks are designated for walking only due to being narrow, tight winding, erosion and their short length:
- Claremont Bush (walking only)
- Waitohi Bush (walking only)
In the rural area we have the Pareora and Opihi walkways, these can also ridden on by non-motorised cycles.
As there is an increased demand and expectation for increased provision for tracks, especially ones that will form a loop around each of the four centres. There is also a demand for internal sections of track within Timaru that will provide for shorter links.
The Council has a strategy of extending off-road tracks in the District. This will take a progressive approach with extensions and new tracks developed as access to land and funds become available.
- Recreation opportunities
- Alternative routes away from traffic
- Chance to experience nature
- Low cost and environmental impact transport options
- Fitness opportunities
These benefits are believed to enhance the community's health and well-being as they are used by a wide range of people from preschool age to those in their retirement years.