The iWay swing bridge over Karamu Stream re-opened last Friday, after being closed to users since September while being upgraded.

When work began it was expected to be completed by mid-October, and cyclists had in the meantime been directed to detour on to Ruahapia Rd, then on to Whakatu Rd and back on to the cycleway at the Anderson Rd intersection.

A council spokesperson said the work being carried out was maintenance and as part of that the council needed to replace some bolts.

"Given it is a pedestrian-load bridge, there are restrictions on the type (weight etc) of scaffolding we can use to access the underside.


"Sorting this out takes a little longer than it does for an standard bridge."

The track was part of the network of iWay paths around Hawke's Bay, which together with the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's and Rotary cycle trails, make up more than 220km of easily accessible cycle ways across Hastings and Napier.

Meanwhile more than 70 cyclists took advantage of an iWay Bike Check campaign held during September and October in conjunction with Avantiplus, Cycle Nation, Revolution Bikes and The Hub Cycle Centre.

These safety initiative checked the air in tyres, if the brakes were working, and if the chain and crank were operating as they should be.

An upcoming event next month will give cyclists an opportunity to get out and about when iWay and the Hawke's Bay Commuter Challenge are co-hosting the Ahuriri Street Fest.

Bridge Street and West Quay will be closed to motorised traffic and replaced by people walking and cycling.

Hawke's Bay's first open street event, local businesses will be out on the streets, along with live music, games, activities and street entertainment.

A free, family-friendly event for all ages, it will be held on Sunday, December 10 from 10am to 2pm.

Extra car parking will be available at Perfume Point.