Notes from 2 May CAW meeting

A well attended meeting with good discussions.  Here’s the highlight

  • Alastair Smith has been nominated for an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award!   Well deserved as Alastair has been a long time calm & collected champion for our cause.
  • AGM to be held next meeting, 6 June.
  • The first CAW meeting for Catarina who has just come down from Christchurch where she was the Bicycle Major!  She is working at Bicycle Junction, who will be moving larger and more central premises in Marion Street.
  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving
    • Concern about this being a smoke screen for NZTA to push through with the 4 lanes to the planes motorway
    • Save The Basin and others are running a public meeting
    • Needs to address concern that principles are not being upheld
    • Patrick to front CAWs concerns
  • WCC annual plan submission
    • Eleanor & James to check the plan
    • Suggestion to submit that the plan needs to address the issue of poor sealing for existing roads
  • Tender for new buses will include bike racks. Post meeting note: On Tuesday 9 May the Regional Council is considering whether to roll out bike racks on more bus routes. http://www.gw.govt.nz/committee-meetings-calend…/detail/7403
  • Update on the Island Bay community re-engagement (Love the Bay)
    • Wednesday evening 3 May and 1:30pm Sunday 7 May
    • Tonkin & Taylor will be using the feedback on design options / aspects to finalise a minimum of 3 possible options including going back to what was there before, or what is there now with some improvements
    • Note that they are on the WCC panel for roading engineers)
    • Important that people go along to give their feedback on what is good or bad about the design options / aspects
  • Updates from monthly meeting with WCC cycling team (Paul Barker)
    • Team has expanded with new officers responsible for sustainable transport, and communications.  And two replacements.
    • Hutt Rd work has started on installed triggered LED warning lights at Caltex (trial basis), path upgrade working north from Aotea Quay off ramp, installing final new lights and testing all lights (may have to retain and reposition excisting lights if new lights do not give the coverage expected)
    • Aimed to be completed by November.  Ron to confirm what is happening about the next stage to remove / reallocate car parking, and to follow up with GWRC about re-opening Kaiwharawhara railway station to help minimise need for parking.
    • Upgrade at Ngauranga Interchange now not happening till Ngauranga-Petone shared path goes in.  WCC will look at improving the path / seal, but won’t change the kerbs / bus stop.
    • Incorrectly placed new sharrows are being removed immediately and will be properly painted as soon as weather allows.  Caused by an individual who didn’t follow the contractor’s instructions.
    • No re-sealing of Evans Bay road.  The Councillors did not allocate the extra funding needed to adhere to their 2008 policy to ensure smooth surfaces for routes with high number of on-road cyclists.  In fact, a push to minimise cost of road seal maintenance.  Issue is that the Council has degraded from the quality of service that was there before.  New infrastructure will have the opex to ensure proper maintenance.
    • The team is working on the consultation material for the CBD quick win improvements, all of which will need traffic resolution.  won’t be visible till November.
    • Consultation for Featherston St North cycle path (Bunny St to Mulgrave St) has been advertised.  Will include allowing a right turn into Bunny St West for south bound cyclists.  Paul happy to consider Ron’s suggestion to have advance bike lights at the Mulgrave intersection to allow south bound cyclists to get into the right hand lane for the Bunny St turn.
    • Councillors very much aware of the need for good cycling and walking infrastructure as part of the Shelly Bay developmenment.  [Note that CAW will push for this as part of the public consultation]
    • All current UCP projects will have a final engagement over a 4 week period
      • 3 options per project
      • Aimed for July, to go back to the September Council Committee
      • Back to the community for final feedback / objections in November
      • Committee approval in February will construction starting in July after a 3 month [detailed] design.
    • Also initiating a working group to look at Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook options
      • Will take on board material from the previous Citizens Advisory Panel that proposed options for Berhampore and Newtown.
      • Will extend to Basin Reserve and Pukeahu Park this time.
      • Half the budget (4.5M) for an extended scope.  Will impact on options to address parking.
    • Report on the February Wellington bike count is still being finalised
      • Indications are a drop in numbers of cyclists
      • Follows a drop in the previous year (which could have been contributed to poorer weather than summer)
      • Does show more cyclists heading out of the city
      • Contradicts general observation that there seems to be more cyclists
  • There was a general discussion about the various WCC cycling projects working groups that CAW is currently participating in
    • Kilbernie connections, Miramar connections, Evans Bay, Thorndon Quay
    • Overall going well but obviously each with its own challenges
    • CAW has its own challenge how it resources each of these working groups / engagements
      • Opportunity to tap other working group members on the shoulder
      • CAW to put together a mentoring framework / material
  • Other initiatives / projects
    • CBD quick fixes [see WCC meeting notes]
    • Southern Corridor (Berhampore-Newtown-Mt Cook)
      • Ron to confirm timeframes with WCC so that Island Bay people have an answer on when there will be a full IB 2 CBD route
    • Melling-Petone
      • Engagement / consultation happening now
      • Build planning to start end of the year
    • Petone-Ngauranga
      • Public engagement to start
      • Planned for implementation in 2019/2020
    • Karori
  • Things to discuss at our next meetings with NZTA, WCC etc
    • Ngauranga situation getting worse
    • Truck accidents [Note that Patrick is discussing this with the ministry]
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down
    • TU – Patrick – old ghost road
    • TD – Cars not aware the extra time it takes to pass a faster ebike.  More converted e-mountainbikes
    • TU – Women on bikes exhibition at Thistle Hall (Cuba St south)
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