Awards – a closer look at ‘Most improved’

Our ‘Most improved’ category is new this year. What’s the biggest improvement you’ve seen this year: a new bike path, a great new initiative, or a change of heart?

This category replaces both our best and worst bike-infrastructure categories. We’re seeing great stuff starting to happen around the city, but it isn’t quite there yet. If we stuck to bike facilities we’d be celebrating the small improvements we’ve seen completed, or maybe calling out crap infrastructure that’s about to be replaced…

So instead we’ve opened things out — as well as bike infrastructure like parking and paths/trails, you can nominate new initiatives or people/organisations that have changed their approach to become much more bike-friendly.

Vote for someone or something you think has improved hugely in the last year.

Oh OK I know, you wanted to see what the previous best/worst winners were. In 2014, the waterfront won ‘best’, edging out Polhill MTB tracks and minor improvements around the Basin Reserve. The essence of ‘can’t beat Wellington on a good day’.

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And the gong for worst went to the Hutt Road shared path through Kaiwharawhara. It’s still there, and still injuring cyclists on a regular basis, but the improvement-vultures are circling and we should see changes in 2016. Not a moment too soon!

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Watch out for our next post — and go and vote!

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Awards – a closer look at ‘Most bike-friendly shop or café’

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Votes are rolling in for this year’s Roll On Wellington Awards. (what, you didn’t vote yet? Now’s your chance!)

Here’s a closer look at our ‘Most bike-friendly shop or café’ category. It’s a new category this year, bringing together our categories for bike shops, other shops and cafés that go out of their way to make people feel welcome when they arrive by bike, sell your favourite bikes or accessories, or do other great stuff to support Wellington’s biking community.

The competition’s tough — from restaurants and cafés that provide great bike parking, to bike shops that fund and support trailbuilding and kids’ biking initiatives, to cafs that are also bike shops (or should that be the other way round).

Last year’s winners were:

Moore Wilson, for ‘A large lobby in the grocery waiting for bikes, and a bike veranda in the main entrance’ mw
Floyd’s, for ‘Friendly service, bike art and lots of help with community trails projects’ fc
Bicycle Junction, for ‘Friendly staff. Lots of help for the cycling community and a focus on utility cycling’ bj

Past winners also include iRide (and their café Pura Vida), La Boca Loca, and Commonsense Organics.

Who do you fancy for the crown this year? An old favourite? A new kid on the block? Get your vote in, and watch out for Awards night and the announcement of this year’s winner.

Roll On Wellington Cycle Awards 2015 – enter now!

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Entries are open for our Roll On Wellington Cycle Awards 2015! This is where we reward the great and good for the things they do for Wellington’s biking community.

Fill out this short entry form to tell us who deserves to win this year. We have six categories, from shops and employers to drivers and champions of the cause.

Entries are open for the next couple of weeks, and we’re holding the awards night on Tuesday 1 December.

We’ll pick the winners by quality not quantity of entries (our super-secret judge is clever like that). And you can vote for anything or anyone – it doesn’t matter whether or not you have a link to the things you think deserve to win.

Fish and chips ride!

Add some crunch to your #friding this Friday (9 October) with a short ride down the Parade and a picnic by the bandstand in Shorland Park. 5:45 at the chip shop (to place your order) or 6:15 at the park.

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Salt & Batter is at 67 The Parade, Island Bay. A few of us will ride out to Island Bay from the CBD – be at Volunteers Corner at 5:10 if that’s you.

Fish optional. Bring your lights for getting home, and we might ride round the coast afterwards if you’re keen.

Sign up to the Facebook event …or just turn up 🙂

 

Why we support WCC creating new low-speed zones

'thirty' text from James Burgess. CC free to use.

Wellington City Council are consulting on whether to introduce 30km/h speed limits in several suburban centres. The consultation is open until 12 October. Have your say!

We think it’s a great idea. Our CAW committee member Andy Gow is writing our submission. Here are some of his key points.

  • The Council’s own statistics make it clear that 30km/h limits make a massive difference to injury rates in crashes. Analysis of crash data comparing statistics from 2007-2009 to statistics from 2012-2014 showed:
    • 82% reduction in injury crashes within the shopping centres where the 30km/h speed restriction has been introduced, but:
    • 24% reduction in the shopping areas where 30km/h restrictions have been approved but not introduced.
  • All of these places are currently busy and narrow with limited or no alternative routes for cyclists.
  • Our experience of riding in 30 km/h zones such as Aro valley and Miramar is that car drivers tend to treat other road including cyclists with more respect, and dangerous overtaking is much less common (bike riders tend to be going much closer to the speed of the cars, which is the main benefit).
  • None of these places have yet benefited from improvements to facilitate easier cycling, and we would still strongly encourage that even with a 30 km/h limit, cycle provision is considered in accordance with the WCC Cycling Framework 2015. Where these zones would already benefit from being a ‘Shared 30 km/h zone’ under the framework, we recommend that the zone is designed as such at the same time.  Where other alternatives (quiet routes, protected lanes, alternative routes) are available we recommend that these are built expediently in addition to the 30 km/h zone.

The proposal relates to six Wellington communities – a portion of Happy Valley Road (reducing the limit from 70km/h to 50km/h) and the shopping areas in Berhampore, Khandallah, Ngaio, Northland and Wadestown (all from 50 km/h to 30 km/h).

We’d love the proposed 50km/h limit for Happy Valley Road to extend through to fill the whole of the current 70 km/h zone.

  • As it stands, a mere 700m or so will be left at 70km/h, so time savings for drivers will be negligible.
  • The road is busy with heavy vehicles heading to and from the tip, and is popular with recreational cyclists (especially at the weekend) as well as commuters.
  • The remaining 70km/h zone includes Carlucciland, houses, and two bus stops.

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Wainuiomata hill bridge brings a safe connection one step closer

The bridge at the top of Wainui hill is up!  Watch this rather glorious time lapse video to see it swing into place.

The bridge, named Pukeatu (Summit of the Gods), was swung into place over the hill road overnight on 29 September. The bridge will be opened for walking and cycling some time in October.

As Hutt City Council say:

The construction of the bridge is phase one in the Wainuiomata cycleway project, which received $1.5m from the Government’s $100 million urban cycleway fund. The project will provide a shared cycling and pedestrian path connecting Wainuiomata with the wider Hutt Valley.

The bridge will provide safe access to walking and mountain biking trails, and remedy the long lack of a safe connection between Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley for people travelling on foot or by bike.