At the 1 November meeting we were lucky to have Paul Barker, Safe and Sustainable Transport Manager at Wellington City Council, along with Councillor portfolio leaders Sarah Free (Public Transport, Cycling and Walking) and Chris Calvi-Freeman (Transport strategy and operations)
Paul gave us an overview of Wellington’s Urban Cycling Programme.
- Cycling has a significant budget, $37.5 million annually. The challenge is getting projects through the planning and consultation processes. A new engagement process is being used.
- Staffing: now have around 15 positions connected to active transport, with vacancies being filled.
- Decisions on routes in the CBD depend on the outcome of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving process. Funding has been moved from CBD projects to the Eastern Suburbs.
- Northern route:
- Ngauranga to Thorndon: lighting poles are being moved, bus stops relocated, and general upgrade to cycle path, including raising path at business entrances.
- Thorndon to CBD. Decision to be made about whether cycle route will be along Thorndon Quay or Aotea Quay.
- An upgrade of the Wakely Rd “Goat Track” between Newlands and Ngauranga is possible.
- Eastern suburbs: working on proposals for:
- Upgrading cycle/walk path on Cobham Drive. This could be a “quick win” with approval possible in early 2017.
- Improved cycling routes from the Coutts St airport underpass to Seatoun and Miramar.
- General cycling and walking improvements in Miramar Town Centre.
- Evans Bay Parade shared path.
- Leonie Gill Pathway to Newtown.
- Southern routes. Basin Reserve to Shoreland Park: ongoing engagement in Island Bay, with eventual extension to Basin Reserve.
We also discussed:
- Elections: results do not indicate a backlash against cycling, with David Lee and Sarah Free being re-elected with good majorities.
- Island Bay workshops are proceeding well.
- Roll on Wellington Awards. We’ll postpone these to February.
- CAN DO 2017. Wellington will be hosting the national cycling advocacy meeting in March 2017. Alastair, James, David, Hilleke and Peter will be planning this.
- Go By Bike Day is go! Mark 8 February 2017 in your diary.