Improving Southern-Suburbs-to-City Cycling Route

8 April 2014

Wellington has an opportunity to really stand out as great place to live and visit by developing better on-street cycleways to complement the city’s fantastic network of mountain bike trails

Image of a bicycle painted on a cycleway.

We're developing better on-street cycleways

Internationally, nationally and locally, more people are choosing to bike, and cities all over the world – big and small – are making cycling improvements a priority.

They are doing it because it makes good economic and environmental sense – it gives people a cheap, healthy transport choice, reduces traffic congestion and makes these cities more attractive places to live, visit and spend time and money.

The 2013 Census – a one day snapshot – showed a big jump in the number of Wellington City residents who got to work by bike – up 73 percent on 2006; from 2,157 to 3,729 cyclists. Council counts, which are taken at a variety of spots over a week, show numbers have more than doubled over the same period.

To make it safer and easier to cycle here, we’re planning to gradually transform more than 20 cycle routes and suburban areas.

The cycle route from the southern suburbs is one of those and, from today, we’re seeking feedback on two options for The Parade in Island Bay. Later in the year we’ll be consulting on improvements through Berhampore and Newtown and also talking with Tawa, Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay and Miramar residents about possible improvements in those areas.

Upgrading cycle lanes on The Parade between Shorland Park and Wakefield Park is the first step in improving the cycle route between the city and southern suburbs. We’re starting at that end because the road is wide and improvements can be made fairly easily.

The Council’s City Networks Manager, Stavros Michael, says finding a solution for the next section of the route between Wakefield Park and John Street is more difficult.

"We plan to work with a group of Wellingtonians who will look at the many possibilities and their pros and cons and help us come up with a smaller number of options. We’ll seek community feedback on the most feasible ones towards the end of the year.

“We will also continue to work with the NZ Transport Agency and others to ensure good cycling and walking facilities are developed at the city end of this route.”

One of the options for The Parade is widening and extending the existing cycle lanes adjacent to the traffic at a cost of about $500,000. The second option is developing cycle lanes next to the footpath on both sides of the road, separated from parking and traffic. This would cost about $650,000.

The Council is also considering ways to make cycling past bus stops safer. There are a couple of ways this can be done and both involve changes to bus stops.

The first option involves building pedestrian islands out from the kerb where people would get on and off buses, which would be a substantial additional cost. The other is marking a short shared lane on the footpath.

There will be an open day this Saturday 12 April, 10am to 2pm, at the Wellington South Baptist Church hall at 284 The Parade.

Feedback is required by Tuesday 6 May and can be made online. For full details information, see:
Public Input - Island Bay to City Cycle Route - Shorland Park to Wakefield Park Section