Being re-elected unopposed means the weight of the mayoral chain will be barely lifted off the shoulders for Napier Mayor Bill Dalton.

After waiting today to see who will occupy the 12 seats in front of him at the council table for the next three years, he will be back in action tomorrow morning to launch the iWay network which will eventually see 36.5km of cycleways connecting residential areas with industrial areas and schools around Napier.

The launch, following the completion of the first stages for which construction started in April, will start at 11am at the Chambers St Reserve, opposite Napier Boys High School, and from where cyclists can depart on two routes, through the Harakeke Reserve towards Riverbend Rd or towards Georges Drive.

The iWay network began in Hastings and was extended to Napier, initially a six-year project but now expected to be finished in 2019.