Trial of e-bikes on tracks
We’re trialling the use of electric bikes (e-bikes) on selected tracks within our open space network. You can help us understand the impact of this trial by filling in our survey.
||1 December 2016
||5.00p.m., 31 March 2017
More Wellingtonians are choosing to ride e-bikes, and we want to find out how their use will affect our tracks. This 1-year trial will look at the impact e-bikes have on other track users and the environment.
A review will be carried out once the trial has finished, and this will help us make a final decision about where e-bikes will be allowed in our open space network long-term.
Where e-bikes can be used during the trial
- Hataitai to City Walkway (commuter link track)
- Newtown to Hataitai Walkway (commuter link track)
- Te Ahumairangi Hill (commuter link track)
- Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park – downhill tracks north of Snake Charmer, and restricted to uphill on the 4WD tracks. (Not open to e-bikes: Koru, Sally Alley, Nikau, Leaping Lizard and Possum Bait Line, as these cannot be accessed from the 4WD tracks)
- Skyline Walkway from Makara Peak to Old Coach Road, including 4WD tracks at Chartwell and Sirsi Terrace
- Old Coach Road
- South coast (Te Kopahou) along coast line and the Tip Track and Red Rocks Track
- Spicer Forest Road and through to Tawa (Chastudon Place) and Broken Hill Road, Porirua
- Sanctuary Fence Line, through to Wrights Hills via 4WD tracks only
Download a map of the tracks included in the trial: proposed e-bike tracks (1.7MB PDF).
An e-bike is a bicycle that is mainly powered by human energy but assisted by a maximum continuous rated electric motor of up to 300 watts. It is limited to 25 km/h. All other e-bikes are regarded as motorised vehicles. For a full definition, see Section 5 – Network Principles, 2016 Open Space Access Plan (113KB PDF).
E-bikes might allow riders with limited abilities, experience or fitness to make better use of tracks already open to mountain bikes.