Cycling framework ready for Council scrutiny

28 April 2015

A framework for a safe, complete cycling network for Wellingtonians is to be considered by the Wellington City Council at its meeting on Thursday 30 April.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says there has been a 20 percent increase in the numbers of people cycling recorded in the past year, and many more would like to travel.

“Cycling is good for the city. Cycling is good for our retail sector, it’s good for our health, it’s affordable, it helps reduce carbon emissions and it’s good for children to get around and be active in their neighbourhoods,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.

“Seventy-six percent of Wellingtonians say they would cycle for some journeys if protected bike lanes were provided. At the moment they are not comfortable enough on our roads to give it a go.”

View the cycling framework presented for the Wellington City Council meeting - 30.04.15 (7.3MB PDF)

Mayor Wade-Brown says cycle-friendly cities are attractive, liveable and economically-vibrant. “Wellington is a smart city. We want to build a safe and attractive cycle network across the city because modern, progressive and inclusive cities make cycling easy.”
Important points of the proposed framework:

  • It is the high-level blueprint toward a citywide cycling network for Wellington

  • We are tailoring cycleways in Wellington with a range of safe cycling options that will fit with the different streets, town centres and parks of our city – ranging from protected cycle lanes to shared streets, ‘quiet’ routes, and high quality off-road solutions, co-ordinated cycling improvements and town centre upgrades, public transport improvements and roadworks. We will include cycling in our transport decisions – this could result in changes to the way space is allocated for parking in the CBD and suburbs. In the CBD we will optimise streets for people on foot, on bike, on buses and in cars. On-street parking will be secondary to all people movement.

  • The Council is looking to provide innovative solutions that fit Wellington situations. These may take the form of new technologies to overcome gradient issues or the acquisition of private land to provide room for cycleways.

  • We want to create a connected, safe comprehensive network that caters for both experienced riders as well as less-confident people.

The full network will connect:

  • 53 schools attended by 25,000 pupils
  • 20,000 businesses with 200,000 residents
  • Porirua and the Hutt Valley with Wellington City
  • Existing cycle infrastructure
  • Local finances with significant funding from central government
  • Cycling and public transport nodes.