As the name suggests, this post is a followup to “Well exactly” as posted here by Lisa on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.
I suggested in a comment to “Well exactly” that I would measure and categorise the cycleway infrastructure that exists in Wellington City. Someone has to do the good jobs!
This is important as an historical milestone (sic) in our pursuit of improved facilities. One day we will look back and remember the old days when…
To make these measurements I first had to locate all the candidate cycleways. I started at the WCC website, but it was too vague and only listed five cycleways. Then at the suggestion of SimonK, I planned a short trip on journeyplanner and compiled a list of the “shared paths” and “cycle paths” shown on the resulting journey map.
I limited the “paths” I measured to all-weather sealed type cycleways. These are the cycleways used by everyday commuters (like me), so:
- no forest tracks (need to get to work on time);
- no downhills (gulp);
- and no bus lanes, although there might be the odd useful one…
Finally came the fun part of pedalling and sightseeing.
Here is what I recorded.
|Route name||Date prepared: August 2011||Shared Path (m)||Cycle Lane (m)|
|Kaiwhara’ Expressway||Bottom of Ngauranga Gorge to Railway Station||3500||1600|
|The Waterfront||Railway Station to Herd St||2000|
|Civic Square Branch||440|
|Jervois Bridge Branch||130|
|Queens Wharf Branch||150|
|Waitangi Park Branch||180|
|The Oriental||Herd St to Carlton Gore Rd||1200|
|Evans Bay||Carlton Gore Rd to Cobham Dr (Zephyrometer)||1700||2400|
|Cobham||Cobham Dr (Zephyrometer) to Maupuia Rd (Miramar Cutting)||1620|
|Coutts||Cobham Dr (Zephyrometer) to Broadway/Miro St/Airport||1860||890|
|Island Bay||Reef St to Medway St (IsBay shops)||1100|
|The Tunnel||Taurima St to Brougham St||950|
|The Bypass||Buckle St to Buller St||200||1000|
|The Basin||Beside the cricket pitch||350|
|Aotea Quay||Beside the Westpac Stadium (estimate due to RWC works)||400|
|Cable Car Link||Cable Car to Salamanca Rd (feature picture)||440|
So there we have it, a grand total of 22.14km, with most of the cycleway distance on shared paths (68%).
One commentator to the original Well Exactly (Malcolm) made a comparison with the grand total in Christchurch. On the face of it, these figures would bear him out. However Wellington is a compact city so comparisons have to be pro rata. The factors here include land area, population base, hilliness, and wind! But even that could be stretching credibility a bit too far, yeah right, and well exactly.
It looks too little to me, or did I miss something?