Public urged to help New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway take the title
Carl Whittleston wants to see the public push to get New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway crowned the country's favourite place to cycle.
Nominations open for the NZ Transport Agency and Bike Wise Discover New Zealand's Favourite Places to Cycle on January 1 and includes the categories: NZ cycle trail, off-road/adventure, urban trail or commute and on-road ride.
New Plymouth's 13km walkway, which was named third in the competition in 2014, was one of finalists in the best urban trail or commute category again in 2015 but was beaten by Taupo's lake front trails.
Whittleston, the council's manager transport, said he hoped the walkway would take the title in 2016.
"If our walkway got recognised that would be great," he said.
"I think it would recognise what the people of Taranaki have come to love."
Whittleston said counters along the walkway showed warm weather brought people out in their droves.
"On those days, I think it was Easter and just recently we had a corker day a couple of weeks ago, we can have on one day 1400 people passing one point."
If the walkway was to take the title Whittleston said it would enhance Taranaki's reputation as a great place to visit and he encouraged everyone to vote.
NZTA cycling manager Dougal List said he looked forward to hearing about new or rediscovered routes.
"NZ's Favourite Places to Cycle recognises what we have on offer, and allows us to share that with others," List said.
He said this year organisers wanted to hear from the urban cyclists and those who cycled in their daily commute.
"One aim of Bike Wise is to encourage more people to enjoy cycling. Sharing favourite cycle locations and tips might be just what is needed to get others back on their bikes this summer."
Voting will take place in February, with the official winner unveiled in March 2016.
Entries will be open via www.bikewise.co.nz from January 1, 2016 and Kiwis could win a voucher for their local cycle shop for taking part.