Cycling Boost Welcomed by Mayor

18 August 2014

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed today’s announcement by the Government that it will provide new funding for urban cycleways.

Cyclist.

Today the Prime Minister announced $100 million will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres.

“This is an exciting announcement and it shows that most parties now realise the importance of improving cycling infrastructure,” said Mayor Wade-Brown.

“This is particularly welcome in Wellington, where we have a number of projects close to being ready and some really significant developments being planned with the potential to transform the cycling network, including the Great Harbour Way, Middleton Road, and our strategic cycling network.

“The announcement will help address the major government underspend on cycling facilities in recent years,” she said.

The Wellington City Council recently opened Ara Tawa, the shared pathway through the suburb of Tawa, connected through to Porirua City.

The Council is also in detailed consultation for sections of the strategic cycling network from the CBD to Island Bay.