New website tracks bike, walk options
Keen cyclists and walkers can now go online to find a number of different tracks around the region.
Last night the Bike and Walk South Canterbury Trust launched its online resource at the Timaru District Council chambers. The website southcanterbury.org.nz already has details for 12 tracks.
Mayor Damon Odey opened the launch, which attracted more than 50 people, saying how proud he was of the tracks in the region. "I would love to link them [the tracks] with some other regions as well."
A new track is being developed following the coastline at Jack's Point, south of Timaru. It will extend from Scarborough Rd through to Ellis Rd. This will connect with the existing coastal track to Smithfield, a total distance of 12.8km.
Trust chairman Steve Earnshaw said an old paper road had been found along the coastal strip from Jack's Point, meaning it was already publicly accessible land.
"The trust initially formed to get funding from the National Cycleway Project bid. When we were unsuccessful getting funding we decided to carry on ourselves."
The website comes complete with maps, track details and instructions and pictures of the track.
Trust secretary Katerina Tiscenko is keen to hear from anyone who may have photos of the tracks that can be used to illustrate the site.
The trust is a local community charitable trust, established in 2012 to support the development and use of the biking and walking tracks on offer in the region.
It encompasses all three districts in South Canterbury, but most of tracks at the moment are in the Timaru District.
The Timaru Herald