CAW February Meeting

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Welcome to our first CAW meeting for what will be an exciting year with lots of cycling related initiatives happening around the city.  But also challenges.  So some of the hot topics for this month are

 

 

  • How did Go By Bike Day go?
  • Celebrating cycling: the upcoming Love Cycling Awards
  • e-Bikes on tracks around Wellington
  • Share and be Aware: a Wisconsin perspective
  • Lessons learned from 2017
  • Giving CAW a fresh voice
  • Holiday raves, thumbs up, thumbs down

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday 13 February, 6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust, Forrester Lane.

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Submissions: Make your voice heard

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Making personal submissions on cycling related improvements is important!

That is the clear message that we have been hearing from initiatives like Let’s Get Wellington Moving and the various Wellington Urban Cycleway programme initiatives such as at  Kilbernie and Evans Bay.

We are against voting by numbers as this will always disadvantage the needs for minority groups, and we are all for voting through good reasoning.  The more reasonable submissions by individuals, the better the outcome for all.

CAW obviously makes submissions on behalf of all of you, but that doesn’t mean that you should not have to submit your own comments.   Whether it is to explain why the proposed improvements are important to help your own cycle journeys more comfortable, convenient and connected.  Or what aspects you feel are a concern and can be done better.

It only needs to take a few minutes, but can make a long term difference.  So be heard!

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Let’s get Wellington Moving: have your say

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WCC Transport Projects: Have your say on Evans Bay phase 1, and Kilbernie Connections

End of Year CAW meeting

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  • PechaKucha-style stories of overseas cycling experiences
  • CAW photo competition results
  • Highlights from 2017 and,
  • Our wish list for 2018

Who knows, Saint Nicolaas (the original Santa Claus) may put in a guest appearance!

Come dressed for the occasion (e.g. lycra santa costume).  All welcome!

Tuesday 5 December, 6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust, Forrester Lane

CAW October Meeting

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  • Updates on WCC initiatives / projects
    • Island Bay cycle way decision
    • Shelly Bay master plan decision
    • Miramar / Kilbernie / Oriental Bay / Thorndon Quay working groups
    • Hutt Road improvements & consultation
    • Other consultations
    • Updates from monthly meeting with WCC cycling project team
  • Shared view on shared paths
  • Reflections from overseas cycling experiences
  • Getting ready for Roll On Wellington cycling awards
  • Thumbs up / thumbs down

Tuesday 3 October, 6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust shop, Forrester Lane (off Tory St).

CAW August Meeting

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Which way for Island Bay?

Another month has flown by, and yet so much to discuss already since our last meeting!

  • Island Bay back on the front page.   Councillor Diane Calvert, and WCC officer Phil Becker will join us in a discussion about the final Island Bay community engagement and consultation process.
  • People’s thoughts on contraflow and bi-directional bike lane designs.
  • Have your say on Shelly Bay.
  • Feedback from Bike Sydney about how to start a discussion about cycling improvements.
  • Update from the monthly catch up with WCC network improvement planning manager, Paul Barker.
  • Other hot topics, thumbs up and thumbs down.

Tuesday 1 August, 6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust shop, Forrester Lane (off Tory St).

 

CAW June Meeting & AGM

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Roll on up for our meeting!

AGM items

It’s that time of the year again for our annual general meeting.  Nothing to painful.  We’ll keep the official stuff short!

  • Reflecting back on the year that has been
  • Our financial state of affairs
  • Confirming the committee
  • Our key focus for the year ahead

Other items

And then back to the business at hand of discussing what cycling changes are happening

  • UCP updates
  • Sharrow shenanigans
  • Cones kerfuffles
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

Tuesday 6 June, 6-7:30 pm, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane (off Tory St)

 

 

 

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)

Thank you to our cycling Mayor

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How wonderful it has been to have had a Mayor who cycled the talk!  Celia Wade-Brown has done a fantastic job at helping to set a vision and strategy for Wellington that ensures strong support for cycling and walking.  She helped to secure a$35 million budget to help deliver the Wellington Urban Cycling Plan that will make cycling in Wellington safer and more pleasurable for people young and old.  And Celia set a good example, cycling to work each day on her trusty electric bike.  How many Mayors around the world (other than in Copenhagen or Amsterdam perhaps) would have cycled to the airport to meet the United States secretary of state?  She helped to normalise the image of cyclists – moving us on from being seen as the Lycra brigade.

Cycle Aware Wellington would like to sincerely thank Celia Wade-Brown for her good work that she has done.   We wish her well for the future.

Personally, I admired Celia’s strong vision and had she kept her hat in the ring, I would have voted again for her on that basis.  Unfortunately projects like the Island Bay cycle way tarnish her legacy.  She was ultimately accountable for the impact that it has had, but it must be pointed out that she wasn’t solely responsible.  That sits collectively with the Council and the WCC operations.  Hopefully the lessons learned will translate in improved and different ways of working, including better engagement with the community over any proposed changes.

It now falls on a new Mayor and a significantly changed group of Councillors to keep the ball rolling and deliver on the strategy and plans that have been set out for Wellington.  Hopefully we will see an end to the unprofessional in-fighting and political grandstanding of recent years.  The Council can only do the hard stuff by working together.

Who of the mayoral candidates is most likely to be successful in bringing a good team together?   And which one has a real vision and the backbone to stand by it?  It is easy to dangle carrots to win votes.   For my money, I don’t think there is a stand-out candidate.  There appear to be three strong contenders.   Justin looks like someone who can harmonise the team.  He may not have a strong vision, but is probably the right person to progress the vision that Celia created.  Both Jo and Nick clearly have a vision for a motorway but are not clear on how they see this translating into cohesive transport solutions that are people and planet friendly.

Cycle Aware Wellington wishes each of the Mayoral and Council candidates all the best with their campaigning.  Whoever gets in, Cycle Aware Wellington looks forward to working with you in helping to grow Wellington as a cycling and walking friendly city.

Ron Beernink
Chair Cycle Aware Wellington

 

October meetup

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Find out what has been happening to make cycling happen around Wellington, and have your say about what you would like to happen!

  • Local body elections and what we can do to work with a refreshed local and regional Council
  • Update on the Island Bay community engagement
  • Getting ready for Go By Bike Day
  • Where to with Ciclovia
  • Planning ahead for CAW – challenges and opportunities
  • And no doubt lots more stuff to talk about..

And talking about challenges and opportunities: a challenge for you to bring a buddy and give them the opportunity to be involved in the cycling movement.

Tuesday 4th October, 6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane (off Tory Street)

Monthly Meeting – September 6

Tuesday 6 September, 6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane

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Items on the agenda for this month are

  • Rants & raves
  • An update and discussion on the Island Bay community engagement
  • Where things are with the Hutt Road improvements
  • Prototyping the first bit of the Petone-Ngauranga route
  • Fundraising updates
  • And a further look at the CAW strategies.  We’ll have a bit of a follow up exercise to see what things we need to focus on to put these strategies into action.  Below is the updated model, and here’s the hyperlink to the larger image

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