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CAW November meeting: which way Oriental Bay, Southern Ward election and more…

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Oriental Bay. Shared path vs cycleway? Parallel vs angle parking?

A lot to talk about at the November meeting.

  • Updates on Thornton Quay, Oriental Bay etc
  • What makes a good cycleway?
  • NZTA Bikelash report
  • MP lobbying
  • Southern ward election
  • Thumbs up/Thumbs down

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

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CAW September meeting

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Evans Bay – can we do better than this?

While some of us have headed off to warmer cycling environments, there’ll be a keen group to discuss Wellington cycling issues.

  • CBD-Oriental Parade-Evans Bay-Miramar routes – consultation opens Monday 4 Sept
  • Newtown improvements
  • Hutt Road
  • Island Bay Cycleway – not much news until consultation results etc are made available
  • Cycling issues in the national election
  • Thumbs up/ Thumbs down

Tuesday 5 September 6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust, Forrester Lane (off Tory St).

CAW August meeting report

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Island Bay Option C – submissions due 13 August

Lots in the pipeline, and if you want to make it happen, there are plenty of things you can give feedback to Council on.

Ron reported back on the regular meeting he and Linda had with WCC Cycling Team. There will be quite a few projects to submit on, as the UCP projects gather pace. Eleanor doing a register of submissions. There are proposals for a shared footpath route to connect Kent Terrace to the Waterfront. This would have to be done without inconveniencing pedestrians. Hutt Rd shared path issues were discussed, including the illegal car parks (Sarah Free and Chris Calvi-Freeman are following up on this), lack of safety measures at business exits, and the narrow gap between posts on the shared path. Options for access to Bunny St West are being investigated. Traffic lights at Brooklyn Rd/Ohiro Rd may improve safety for cyclists at this intersection. Western routes, e.g. to Karori, may be in the next tranche of cycling projects.

Newtown cycling projects: engagement has started on possible cycling connections through Newtown/Berhampore. The Bike Newtown group has been promoting to cycle commuters with Pit Stops at Basin Reserve and John/Adelaide intersection. At this stage it may be better for CAW to promote awareness, rather specific solutions.

Bike Sydney has been in touch – their advice is to talk about space, not design. Relevant to Thorndon Quay, where it’s important to create a space that will be attractive to traffic and people patronising businesses.

We discussed the Island Bay consultation. Councillor Diane Calvert (responsible for Community Planning and Engagement) and WCC staff helped explain the four options, which all include making the cycleway more direct, and extending it through the business area. The decision is about quality of feedback, not quantity, and shouldn’t be construed as a “vote”. Other options are not being considered, since the four options are the result of a thorough engagement process which all stakeholders could participate in. The aim should be an “8-80” cycleway, that can be used confidently by people between 8 and 80 years of age. Please read the Council’s material, including the FAQ. James has provided the 30 second summary on the CAW website. Please submit by 13 August.

CBD “quick win” improvements. We discussed these small projects, which will make it easier to get around the CBD by bike. The proposals include contraflow lanes, which are common in other cities, and have been used in Christchurch and Auckland. Risk analysis may show that contraflow lanes improve safety – for example in Cuba St, drivers of parking cars will be facing towards people on bikes. Submit feedback by 11 August.

Shelly Bay development. We discussed the cycling implications of this development, which over a 13 year period will see a four fold increase in motor traffic on one of Wellington’s best recreational cycling routes. The Miramar Ciclovia has attracted thousands to the peninsula. Have your say by 14 August.

Asia-Pacific Cycling Conference is being held in Christchurch 17-20 October.

AGM meeting report, June 2017

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[Previous AGM report here]

Present: Ron, Peter Bu, Patrick, Alex, James, Sridhar, Frank, Andrew, Peter Ba, Ben, Mark, Paul Br, Linda, Nick, Andy F, Sean, Alastair

APOLOGIES: Andy Gow

Chair Ron Beernink reviewed the year.

  • By September 2017 any changes to Island Bay should be known.
  • Work on the Hutt Road Shared Path has started, working north in 100m section.
  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving is proceeding, although not as fast as we’d like.
  • We’re seeing more non-Lycra cyclists around town

Treasurer Linda Beatson reviewed our finances

  • Plenty of money in the bank. Apparent deficit is due to overlapping years, and late payment of our share of CAN subscriptions.
  • Andrew asked if we’d considered becoming a charity so tax isn’t paid on donations. James responded that reporting requirements are more onerous, and Alastair suggested CAN (which is registered) might be able to make better use of donations.
  • Finances approved subject to final approval by committee.  Final 2016 financial report.

Committee confirmed:

Chair: Ron Beernink
Treasurer: Linda Beatson
Membership secretary: Sridhar Ekambaram
Minutes secretary: Alastair Smith
Submissions leads: Eleanor Meecham, Alastair Smith
SASTRG reps: David Laing, James Burgess
General committee: James Burgess, Patrick Morgan, Sean Linton

Andy Gow, Andrew Macbeth, Nick Ravi, and Benjamin Burkhart prepared to help out on an ad hoc basis.

Year ahead:

  • Discussed getting the message out: social media (Bike Auckland have a paid role for this), email, conventional media
  • Have asked that Kaiwharawhara station be reopened to provide options for people who drive to Hutt Rd and park. Metlink not keen.
  • Urban Cycling Programme on a tight timeframe
  • Consultations coming up on Petone to Ngauranga.

Urban Cycling projects: Ron, James and Alastair reported back on workshops for Thorndon Quay, Oriental Bay, Evans Bay, Kilbirnie and Miramar. Newtown-Berhampore will be coming up soon.

Discussed implications of footpath cycling Select Committee report.

Roadworks signs on cycle lanes and shoulders have been a problem. Ron is pursuing with NZTA.

WCC has responded swiftly to deal with misplaced sharrows.

Thumbs up/ Thumbs down:

  • Benjamin: Metlink bus blocking lane at Thorndon Quay
  • Andrew: uncomfortable cycling uphill on Terrace south of Salamanca, remove parking at rush hour – could apply on other arterial uphill routes
  • Paul: free left turn for cyclists? NZTA is investigating a rule change.
  • Alex: Congestion Free Wellington is a new organisation campaigning for better transport options.
  • Ron: support bus drivers, generally good to cyclists
  • Andrew: changes in public transport are looking to improve overall service
  • James: post AGM pub visit….

CAW July 2017 meeting notes

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Temporary traffic management in Evans Bay. At least cycling was considered, but parked cars seemed to be more important

14 of us gathered to discuss cycling issues in Wellington. 

Ron updated  us on the regular CAW and Hutt Cycling Network meetings with WCC, Hutt City Council and NZTA.

  • Petone to Melling. People on bikes give a thumbs up for this project which will establish a cycling track between the expressway and the railway.  Plan for implementation later in 2017.
  • Riverlink project will connect Hutt CBD to a relocated Melling station with a pedestrian/bike bridge.
  • Early engagement on the Petone to Ngauranga shared path is expected in October.
  • Improvements are needed at Ngauranga interchange (e.g. vegetation, rubbish). WCC do not see as a priority, but CAW & NZTA do. Maybe we should hold a working bee, which CAW did in the 1990’s.
  • Temporary traffic management issues (e.g. construction signs in bike lanes) are being addressed but seem to be systemic. It’s a national issue: Dougal List of NZTA has been approached about holding a workshop with contractors and road controlling authorities. Some discussion of Evans Bay, where there was a sign warning that cycle lane was closed, but could have used parking lane for a temporary lane. Do you have photos of particularly good or bad examples? Send them to Ron.
  • Quick win improvements in Wellington CBD are about to go to Council. These include
    • Grey St covered bike parking close to showers
    • Contraflow bike lanes (on otherwise one way streets). Mercer, Cuba between Vivian and Ghuznee, and lower Cuba, Willeston, Pukeahu Park between Tory and Martin Square, Basin Reserve at Rugby St, Bunny St W. Are there other good places for contraflow lanes?
  • Progress on Hutt Road Improvements
    • Construction work has started!
    • Orange rugby posts at Aotea overbridge are there to stop cars, but create issues for biking. Problems with lighting on north side need to be addressed before removal of poles.
    • The staged approach to the project will involve limited removal of parking at this stage. Back in June 2016 we looked at what needed to happen.
  • Thorndon Quay and Eastern suburbs have been having early engagement workshops with the community that are producing short lists of projects for detailed design.
  • Newtown will soon start an engagement process. Still deciding on stakeholders, many groups need to be involved.
  • Next steps for Island Bay, going through the formal process.
  • Congestion Free Wellington. new coalition aimed at getting sustainable transport options from the Lets Get Wellington Moving process.  Patrick and Alastair involved, Alex also keen.
  • Bike Newtown FaceBook page has been started to get Newtown and Berhampore people involved in upgrades for the Newtown community.
  • Bike to the Future awards – discussed what and who we should nominate.
  • What’s happening about Ciclovia? An event organising company is looking at a CBD event.
  • Ellie of Generation Zero, talked about the campaign for a Zero Carbon Act, including a cycle tour.
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down…
    • Up. Alex: WCC funding for Bikes Welcome
    • Up. Ron mentioned the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress to be held in Christchurch 17-20 October.  Should CAW sponsor someone to go? Advocate rate $500 before 1 Sept. Perhaps $250 each for 2 people. To decide next meeting.
    • Down. Alex finds reporting parking infringements difficult. Have to give personal details, only through phone, not through Fixit app,
    • Ron gave a thumbs up for Simon of HCC who has been good on engagement, for example on the Beltway
    • Up. James notes a Bike fix-it stand is now at Brooklyn, also Aro Valley. Maybe carrying a repair kit will become obsolete!

Mid Winter blues? Treat them with a dose of CAW conviviality!

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The days are short now, leaving plenty of time to attend CAW’s regular evening meeting in July. Lots of things to talk about.

Tuesday 4 July, 6-7:30 pm, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane (off Tory St)

CAW June meeting + AGM

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It’s that time of the year again for our annual general meeting. Nothing too 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

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

  •  UCP updates
  • Sharrow shenanigans
  • Cones kerfuffles
  • Congestion Free Wellington
  • Mechanical Tempest
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

6 June at 18:00–19:30
Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

Wellington’s annual plan: tackle climate change through transport choice

Annual Plan

WCC is consulting on its 2017/2018 Annual Plan.

We say:

  • Reduce fossil fuel emissions by increasing cycling mode share
  • Reduce car trips by not subsidising on street parking
  • Don’t over consult on cycling projects
  • Move rapidly to a cycle friendly city through trial projects
  • Gather data about the use and impact of cycle facilities
  • Reduce traffic speeds
  • New housing developments should provide for active and public transport

You can read our full submission here

CAW May meeting

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Should we have cops on bikes, like they do in Japan?

How time flies. The May meeting is already upon us, and happening this Tuesday 2 May. By the book this should have been our AGM meeting but with all that is happening we weren’t organised in time. So here’s the official notice that our AGM will be held at our 6 June meeting.

But plenty of other exciting things to talk about for Tuesday’s meeting

  • Updates from the various WCC cycling projects working groups (Kilbernie, Miramar, Evans Bay, Thorndon Quay, CBD quick fixes)
  • Update on the Island Bay community re-engagement (Love the Bay)
  • Updates from monthly meeting with WCC cycling team (work in progress, e.g. Hutt Road, issues)
  • Things to discuss at our next meetings with NZTA, WCC etc
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

Everyone welcome

Tuesday 2 May, 1800-1930, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane (off Tory St)

CAW April meetup

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Mayor Justin Lester addresses CAN Do 2017

Come along to our CAW meeting this Tuesday 4th April. Be part of the discussion on how to get more people biking in Wellington, more often. Things to talk about:

  • Highlights from the CAN Do national conference
  • Progress with WCC cycling projects including the Hutt Road
  • Pressing concerns
  • Rebranding ourselves
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane off Tory St