So we did a survey asking peoples thoughts about what routes should be given what priority and consideration for the refresh of the Wellington Cycling Network Programme. Less than 3 days, and it got 157 responses. Awesome! You people really rock.
But boy, did it prove a challenge to go through all the individual responses! I had only a couple of days to collate the information and submit it to the chair of the Urban Transport and Development committee. So to be honest, I only got half way! But by that stage some common feedback had started to emerge. And enough material to go back to the committee with.
Unfortunately it won’t reflect everyone’s specific comments but the reality is that a survey like this was not going to gives a clear consensus. Again to be honest, I realise now that there is a real art in putting a survey like this together and that I didn’t do a great job. So my apologies.
Here is the link to the presentation file that I provided to the Council committee. Who knows how much of an influence it had as part of their workshop this week? We will find out when the proposed refreshed programme gets published this Friday. There was a leak to the Dominion though that resulted in today’s article that the focus is on developing a key part of the Great Harbour Way between Miramar and the CBD.
CAW’s position is that we support that as a pragmatic choice. We need a big cycle infrastructure win to get past the Island Bay situation. A large part of this Great Harbour Way route can hopefully be done without the ire of local residents or businesses. It won’t be without its challenges and there cannot be short cuts if the aim is for a wide enough route that can be safely shared by cyclists and pedestrians. The result will be a great asset for Wellington however, no doubt. And a nice commuter route for people living in the Eastern suburbs, specially on those sunny and not so windy days!
At the same time we hope that the Council will tackle some of the high risk routes as well. It is already committed to fixing the Hutt Road and together with the NZTA will implement the seaside shared path between Ngauranga and Petone (another part of the Great Harbour Way) that hopefully will be all completed between next year and 2018/19. There is however an urgent need to sort out for example Thorndon Quay where on a daily basis lots of commuters are at risk from angle parked cars and buses crossing the path of cyclists.
There will be a consultation on the refreshed cycling programme, and CAW will definitely use all of your survey feedback to make our submission. And we urge you to make your own submissions when the time comes. Thanks for your passion in wanting to make cycling a safe and enjoyable option for all of our community!
Cycle Aware Wellington chair