Work is underway to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians on the junction of Opua’s Franklin Street, English Bay Road, Oromahoe Road, and State Highway 11.
A 60km/h speed limit has been introduced, as well as electronic safety signs that can be activated by cyclists and pedestrians. Schools and the wider community are being advised to ensure pedestrians and particularly children that the electronic lights are a warning to motorists, triggering flashing lights and a lit-up cycle bike symbol. There are no red lights stopping the vehicles, so pedestrians and cyclists must cross with care.
The Oromahoe and Whangae Roads route is recommended for adult cyclists. It is an alternative to the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail along the rail corridor. This route includes cyclists using the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway train that connects cyclists between Opua and Kawakawa with pick-up points at Te AkeAke and Taumarere. Check their website for information and the timetable. https://www.bayofislandsvintagerailway.org.nz/
The Far North District Council will continue with safety improvements, including improved sight lines and creating a smoother road surface on Oromahoe and Whangae Roads.
Directional signs are also being installed to help cyclists using the alternative route, while further improvements are being made to a section of the trail between Kawakawa and Whangae Road to better withstand floods that can affect the area.