This video shows the proposed Sandhills
Motorway Expressway up in Kapiti, which would run from Mackay’s Crossing to Peka Peka. Interestingly, the fly-over shows a cycleway running next to the proposed road route.
The project is now entering the design development phase. This is an excellent opportunity to influence the design of the cycle path, and I encourage you to make a quick submission to the NZTA even if you don’t live in the area. Good cycle infrastructure is hard to find, so let’s lobby for it wherever we can.
My observations are:
- The cycleway climbs a few hills while the motorway is levelled flat. It’s harder to get up a hill on a bike than in a car, so this is something I’d like the planners to either justify or take another look at.
- The cycle path ought to be suitable for proper riding, not just by families out on Sunday morning but by people commuting and roadies who want a fast, smooth ride.
- Cycling and walking paths should be separated. While I’ll take a shared walking/cycling path over no cycleway, I think that the fewer barriers to cycling for transport the better. As we know from the waterfront, a shared path with heavy pedestrian and cycle traffic isn’t ideal for either.
Wellington Cycleways has critiqued the cycleway thoroughly but concisely, making some points based on specific knowledge of the area. Go over and take a look, and then make your submission to the NZTA before the 27th of June.