Funding Boost Proposed for Cycling

10 December 2013

Cycling in Wellington City will become safer, easier and more enjoyable in future, starting with a big boost in funding planned next year.

Two cyclists.

More of these painted ‘cycle boxes’ will appear at intersections as part of improving road safety

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The increase in the cycling budget from $1.3m to $4.3m in the 2014/15 draft Annual Plan, if approved, will go towards a proposed cycle route from Island Bay to the city, as well as other routes, and improve cycle safety citywide.

The Council’s Safe and Sustainable Transport Manager, Paul Barker, says this is just the start of making Wellington a truly cycle-friendly city.

“We want to get more people out on bikes - and to do this, we must have better and safer routes for getting around the city, both on- and off- road. In the meantime, we’re continuing to roll out lower speed limits and more ‘cycle boxes’ and feeder lanes at intersections.”

With the Council ‘winning’ the ‘most room for improvement’ award at last week’s Roll On Wellington cycle awards, Paul says the funding proposal is good timing.

“We’re committed to making cycling an everyday activity for Wellingtonians and visitors, and will work closely with cyclists and local communities to help decide what will work best.”

Councillors will discuss more detailed proposals next week.