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 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!

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)

 

 

 

Pledging to make Bikes Welcome

 

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One of the issues with getting bike facilities is the reaction of businesses. When parking spaces get replaced by bike lanes, business owners ask where their customers are going to park. Of course, this isn’t really an issue – people patronise businesses, not cars, and there’s plenty of evidence that building bike lanes helps businesses on the route.

A new group, Bikes Welcome, is working on this issue. By providing a range of education and publicity initiatives, Bikes Welcome aims to change the perception of biking, and promote a bike friendly business culture.

If you’d like to help (and who wouldn’t?) Bikes Welcome is running a Pledge Me campaign. You’ve got until 28 February to pledge your support, but why wait till then, when you can do it now?

Electric assist bikes trial on Wellington tracks

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eBike and horse rider on the Old Coach Trail to Ohariu

Electric assist bikes (eBikes) are a great innovation in Wellington, but until recently WCC has ruled that they are motorised vehicles, and not allowed on the Open Space reserve tracks. However WCC is now trialing eBike access to a selection of tracks for one year.

The tracks include:

  • Hataitai to City Walkway (commuter link track)
  • Newtown to Hataitai Walkway (commuter link track)
  • Te Ahumairangi Hill (commuter link track)
  • Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park – downhill tracks north of Snake Charmer, and restricted to uphill on the 4WD tracks. (Not open to e-bikes: Koru, Sally Alley, Nikau, Leaping Lizard and Possum Bait Line, as these cannot be accessed from the 4WD tracks)
  • Skyline Walkway from Makara Peak to Old Coach Road, including 4WD tracks at Chartwell and Sirsi Terrace
  • Old Coach Road
  • South coast (Te Kopahou) along coast line and the Tip Track and Red Rocks Track
  • Spicer Forest Road and through to Tawa (Chastudon Place) and Broken Hill Road, Porirua
  • Sanctuary Fence Line, through to Wrights Hills via 4WD tracks only

See here for Maps of the tracks

As part of the one year trial, WCC is surveying track users about how they have been affected by eBikes. Please fill out the survey whenever you use one of these tracks – as a walker, bike rider, or eBike rider.

For the trial, an eBike is defined as a bicycle that is mainly powered by human energy but assisted by a maximum continuous rated electric motor of up to 300 watts. The power assistance is limited to 25 km/h. eBikes complying with the EU Pedelec specification, e.g. have the Bosch motor system, will already have this limit built in.  If you don’t have the power cutoff set on your eBike, you can probably set it on the controller of your eBike.  It’s best to consult your user manual. As guide, here’s how you do it on the common King-Meter controller:

  • Hold both + and – buttons down for 2 seconds to enter user settings
  • Hold both – and M buttons and enter password 0512 (this step may not be necessary, or the password for your controller may be different)
  • Select “Limit Speed” and set this to 25
  • Hold M for 2 Seconds to confirm

It’s great that eBike users, who are often older mountain bikers like me who no longer have the fitness to tackle the big hills, will be able to enjoy the Open Space reserves. The trial will also open up some useful commuting routes.

It’s important that we respect other users so all get to enjoy the trails.

 

CAW December meeting

15134800_10210261650313100_2871298643292876810_nCelebrate your favourite cycling moments / events of 2016 at our final monthly CAW meeting on Tuesday 6 December. Email 3-5 photos to info@caw.org.nz together with a caption or let us know if you want to say a few words about the photos.

Also, bring along your ideas on quick fixes that would make the Wellington CBD better to bike.

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

A round-up of recent Wellington bike news: not just headwinds and political arguments

I wrote this for a round-robin of updates among the various CAN local groups, and Ron pointed out it’s been a while since we posted a general update on this blog. So, here you go! Let me know anything I missed out and I can add it in.

-James

We have some good-ish news in Wellington, though not much fresh kermit quite yet.

Local elections

New Mayor Justin Lester was the most bike-friendly of the leading mayoral candidates and has backed us in past consultation on good projects. He has a reputation for pragmatic compromise – so good for getting things over the line, but as you will no doubt know this can sometimes erode the most ambitious or controversial aspects of projects…
The body of councillors has also overall shifted towards pro-cycling, and there should be more of a consensus around the table rather than the fine balance of opposing views, and electioneering, that hampered progress over the last 3 years.
Sarah Free and new councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman have the transport portfolio between them. Sarah Free supports cycling (you may have met her at the last CAN Do) and Chris has a transport planning background and appreciates the role of urban cycling. They both came to our first post-election CAW meeting, with a council officer who explained the planned programme of cycling works. So a good election outcome overall.

Short term

Picture credit: Ron Beernink

NZTA are currently putting in a short (600m) stretch of upgraded path including a wider shared path through this underpass where SH1 and 2 meet: https://www.google.co.nz/maps/@-41.24759,174.8135734,3a,75y,163.89h,83.56t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sY2rmw29H9BlU_0NBnhUULA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

This is the first element of the Wellington-Hutt improvements. The city council will begin moving light poles from the shared path south of this point this month, as the start of improvement works on the Hutt Road and (finally) the first construction work spending UCP money. Resurfacing, moving of carparks, and (fingers crossed) conversion from a shared to a divided path are to follow shortly, as well as some junction and driveway improvements.
Also in the Hutt Valley, the biggest construction thing at the moment! – bike provision at the new SH2/SH58 interchage – a big new road interchange, and SH2 has lots of road cyclist use. Construction is well under way, and we’re getting excellently designed bike provision as part of the project – no more crossing motorway-like slip lanes, rather dedicated bike-only (plus walking) paths, with a design speed of 30k plus so roadies can zip on through.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLOz0a7O_JE

Medium term

The council has a set of projects to sign off, that should get consulted in the next few months. Losts of consultation feedback to encourage! These are arrayed around the edges of the CBD and beyond because…

Longer term

…of the the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project. The project’s good because it does take active transport seriously and an integrated plan for the city will make it easier to get cycling into places where it will be a trade off against other things like parking. But it holds up the construction of any CBD cycling infra because of its longer timeline. We’re trying to get some CBD trials of traffic or parking lane conversions to cycleways, a la Quay St in AKL, as initial or temporary improvements.

I****d B*y, or, The Cycleway That Must Not Be Named

This is still being re-litigated, but at least in a more positive way. The council has set up a participatory design project Love the Bay that looks at various aspects of the suburb, including the cycleway. Any changes will hopefully be at least neutral for cycling, rather than of the ‘tear it out’ nature some opposers had been campaigning for. And the route to join that section to the CBD is back on the table, which should help with the network effect aspect.

Social stuff

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photo credit: @bicyclejunctionnz on Instagram

 We’ve recently had some great events like community bike fix-ups and the third annual Need for Tweed ride (run by our friends Bicycle Junction – their pic above – apparently penny farthing selfies are a bit sketchy). CAW committee member Hilleke has set up a charitable trust and scored some grant funding for our project ReBicycle, rescuing old bikes and donating or loaning them to refugees and others in need. Looking forward to meeting the Dutch this Friday! Must get out my giant can of pink paint and decorate something before they get here 🙂

Other stuff

Pedal Ready is a regional bike skills programme which upskills thousands of kids and a few adults http://pedalready.org.nz/

Bikes in Schools continues to expand, with WCC fully funding three new projects each year http://wellington.govt.nz/ services/parking-and-roads/ cycling/we-support-cycling/ bikes-in-schools

Off-road, Wellington has awesome trails and ambitious goals. The Wellington Trails Trust is focused on developing a world-class multi-user trail network in the Wellington city and region http://www. wellingtontrailstrust.co.nz/

Join us at CAN Do in Wellington in March 2017 https://can.org.nz/cando2017

Keep the rubber side down!

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)

Candidates on bikes: Regional Council

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What are the views of candidates for the Greater Wellington Regional Council on cycling issues? We sent a questionnaire to all the candidates in the Wellington Constituency of the GWRC. This is similar to a questionnaire we sent to candidates for Wellington City Council.

We asked them:

Here are the candidates responses. Thanks to all these people for taking the time to respond.

Do you ride a bike: what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc), how often?

Roger Blakeley: Occasionally, for recreation.

Paul Bruce: I ride a bike daily to commute from home to meetings and work. When I can, I also enjoy returning home via some of the great mountain bike tracks near Pol Hill. I also occasionally go cycle touring.

Keith Flinders: I don’t ride a bike in Wellington, and think anyone who does on the traffic streets has a death wish. Wellington streets generally are too narrow, cycle lanes inadequate, and then there is the pollution that affects cyclists more than vehicle drivers who create it. Pollution that will be greatly added to when the trolley buses are replaced with hybrids in 2018 and with hybrids that will not have much of a range on their batteries. Cycle ways separated from traffic, a different argument altogether and great to have.

Sue Kedgley: Yes I ride for recreation, at the weekends.

John Klaphake: Yes, I do, and ride reasonably regularly (except for the past 4-5 months – injury!). I ride for recreation.

Chris Laidlaw: Yes, I have a bike at the regional council and use it to get around
town. I also cycle at the weekends in the Wairarapa

Ian McKinnon: We ride our bikes in Waikanae for pleasant (and appropriate to age!) recreation but we don’t ride in Wellington city (we live in the CBD and don’t see it as being safe); we spent several years of my career in west London and our bikes there were a common form of transport for us – around the playing fields,; shopping in the High St and in Windsor; Jenny to her teaching job in Slough; and even to social functions about Eton – but always just (gently) riding …. and that is a point of contrast to many of the cyclists in Wellington (as I’ve discussed with Patrick M and others).

Daran Ponter:  Yes, approx. once a month usually – on trails in regional parks. i.e. mountain biking.

Sam Somers: I actually to be honest haven’t ridden a bike since my college days, but in my teenage years, myself along with my friends use to use it for going to college or recreation.

Russell Tregonning: I ride my bike(s) on all of these listed tasks ( & pleasures). I ride most days of the week ( varies).

What best describes your attitude to riding a bike: “strong and fearless”, “enthused and confident”, “interested but concerned”, or “no way no how”?

Roger Blakeley: “enthused and confident”.

Paul Bruce: I have been using a bike for 90% of my trips for over 50 years from when I was 10 years old to now, so I guess that makes me “strong and fearless”.

Keith Flinders: 40 plus years ago when I rode a bike, but not in Wellington, strong and fearless. Age increases ones’ awareness of danger.

Norbert Hausberg: strong and fearless

Sue Kedgley: Interested but concerned.

John Klaphake: Probably describe myself as enthused and confident.

Chris Laidlaw: Enthused and confident.

Ian McKinnon: As above, we just enjoy riding pleasantly in the safe environment of Waikanae AND much more frequently and for a variety of purposes in the UK – but always just from point A to point B, and just cycling – means of transport (not recreationally).

Daran Ponter:  Interested but concerned.

Sam Somers:  I would regard myself as, “Enthused and Confident, ” and if I owned a bike now, it would be a option I would consider using to get around things, like paying for parking in the CBD.

Russell Tregonning: I am ‘enthused and confident’

Should we encourage more bike trips as part of Wellington’s transport network?

Roger Blakeley: Yes. We should make more of the “transport hierarchy” in the Wellington Urban Growth Strategy: 1 Walking, 2 Cycling, 3 Public transport, 4 Private cars. The same hierarchy is used by Vancouver when they set funding and land use priorities! This hierarchy should be strongly supported by GWRC and other councils in the Wellington region because of the benefits of walking and cycling, for example the shift in mode share away from private cars to active modes and public transport has health benefits and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. I am advocating for GWRC to set a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 (this is a much bolder target than our commitment at the COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 of a 30% reduction on 2005 levels by 2030), and provide leadership with other councils in the region, and to other regional councils in NZ, and to the Government. Greater priority for cycling will be an important part of achieving that target.

Paul Bruce: Bike trips need to be strongly encouraged, reducing the number of cars and associated pollution, increasing space for people and green areas and creating a more friendly environment.

Keith Flinders: Not on city streets unless segregated from traffic.

Norbert Hausberg: YES more cycling and safer cycling throughout the region

Sue Kedgley: Yes, cycling is an integral part of Wellington’s transport network, and so it’s essential we make it safer to cycle in the city; improve the cycling culture of Wellington and have a network of separated safe cyleways around the city. We also need to integrate cycling more closely into our transport network by putting bike racks on buses and trains.

John Klaphake: Yes, I am pretty sure that is the sentiment that has come through from the “GetWellyMoving” survey. How you encourage is another matter – removing impediments to cycling.

Chris Laidlaw: Of course. GWRC is doing everything it can to help open the way for more
cycling, both commuter and leisure.

Ian McKinnon: I don’t object to that but the safety (and courteous) aspect would have to be resolved – in view of a number of Wellington’s cyclists not just (gently) commuting but concurrently using it for recreation purposes – lycra suits at 30+km. I remember being with Patrick and a few others on the Waterfront one morning, giving ‘courtesy’ cards to cyclists (and encouraging bells) as they sped through anxious pedestrians. Many pedestrians, particularly the elderly and those with impetuous young children, are really very concerned in the shared space with the approach (commuting / recreationally) of many of Wellington cyclists.

Daran Ponter:  Absolutely, cycling is an important commuting option. It replaces both cars and public transport!

Sam Somers:  With the adequate infrastructure, I would say it should be encourage, at this point, we need to spend money on way to separate cyclists from mainstream traffic, now all cyclist aren’t like it, but from experience a few will take the whole lane of a busy road traveling at half the legal speed limit, and removing the ability for cars to pass with a minimum, 1.5 meter clearance safely, some of these areas include the new Island Bay Cycle Lane, where instead of riding in the new lane, they ride 1 to 1.5 meter from the parked cars in the middle the road, to make a safe overtake, you would require to move into the oncoming lane to pass.

Russell Tregonning: Definitely yes—Biking has major economic, health and environmental benefits. More bike trips means more of these advantages. We have a climate change emergency on our hands. We have to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels for transport— the largest contribution to emissions in Wellington city. We have an epidemic of life-style disease related strongly to physical inactivity.

What should GWRC’s annual cycling budget be (excluding central government funding)? $1 million, $5 million, $10 million?

Roger Blakeley:  $5M. One of the four priorities in the GWRC 2016/17 Annual Plan is “Increasing the use of public transport along with walking and cycling”. It should of course be recognised that the Wellington City Council provides capital and operating budget for cycleways, with a funding profile for Cycling Improvements with NZTA of $37.249M over 4 years.

Paul Bruce: There is a huge need for a network of joined up cycle ways, so that people can choose to cycle to work, their shopping trips and for recreation in the city. This will initially require significant expenditure, but we should bite the bullet and get it done now. Annual cycling budget of $10 million would be the minimum.

Keith Flinders: Considering the present economic climate cycle groups are doing exceptionally well with funding. I don’t see that any expenditure increase is affordable by GWRC rate payers presently. Have you tried for commercial sponsorship ?

Norbert Hausberg: As I stand for the first time I can not comment on the budget side.

Sue Kedgley: $5 million. Since we don’t invest in building cycleways (NZTA does) $1 million on planning and coordinating cycleways in the city, and making cycling safer in the city.

John Klaphake: Of course that will require money. At this stage I’ve got no idea about what that should be, or what can be achieved with what money.

Chris Laidlaw: We don’t have a separate budget for cycling. it forms part of a variety
of workstreams; ( bikes on trains / buses etc and our participation in
NZTA/GW/WCC planning around the various transport corridors.

Ian McKinnon: I have insufficient knowledge to comment on this.

Daran Ponter: $10 Million (i.e. collectively all agencies do not spend enough)

Sam Somers:  I would support a $1 – $2 million. This would be used to maintain Cycleways on property owned on GWRC land.

Russell Tregonning: $10 million of your choices. More if you gave me the option.

Do you support slower speeds in the CBDs of cities in the Wellington region?

Roger Blakeley:  Yes. Slower speeds in CBDs of cities in the Wellington region will improve
safety and encourage the mode shift to greater walking and cycling.

Paul Bruce: Yes, absolutely support 30km/hr within the CBD, as this will improve the potential for conflict between pedestrians, public transport and cyclists. I would also exclude private vehicles from public transport corridors.

Keith Flinders: This has already happened in some areas although traffic was generally moving slower than the new limits prior.

Sue Kedgley: Yes 30km This speed would make it safer for everyone including cyclists.

John Klaphake: Yes, generally speaking it is hardly realistic to travel through at the maximum speed anyway.

Chris Laidlaw: Yes

Ian McKinnon: As above, in view of many of our cyclists both commuting and recreationally riding I think it would be difficult to enforce this … I just don’t think there can be those shared spaces in popular cycling areas such as Oriental Bay / the Waterfront / etc.

Daran Ponter: Yes – a universally low speed (i.e. let’s just have one slow speed instead of different low speeds in different areas)

Sam Somers:  I am personally a fan of Variable Speed Limit, which is what issued outside schools and Wellingtons Motorway. I would support non main Arterial Routes to have a lower speed limit, like Lambton Quay, Featherston Street, Victoria Street, Willis Street. I wouldn’t support lower speed limits on Vivian Street, Ghuznee Street, Whitmore Street, Any of the Quays, Cable Street, Wakefield Street, or Cambridge/Kent Terrace, as this routes are classed as Arterial Routes.

Russell Tregonning: Yes—slower speeds for cars means more safety for all road transport users—and not just in a linear way, but exponentially (i.e. Impact energy absorbed by the victim of a crash is exponentially related to the speed i.e. twice the car speed means 4 times the energy absorbed at impact ( & therefore the injury/death rate), 3 times the speed means 9 times the energy absorbed etc.

Do you support removal of parking if necessary to provide cycleways, for example on the Hutt Road cyclepath?

Roger Blakeley:  Yes. In the short term the Hutt Road Cycleway serves as the Great Harbour
Way for this section, and it must be safe and comfortable for walkers and cyclists.

Paul Bruce: On street parking should be removed from most arterial routes, and where absolutely needed, provided in new parking buildings. However, the Hutt Road cycle route is problematical, in that there are significant conflict points with so many commercial outlets along the route. So, the alternative seaward side route must also be developed from Ngauranga gorge to Kaiwharawhara and hence via Aotea Quay to the city to provide an alternative. This would be expensive and would need an elevated cycle path past the InterIslander and along part of Aotea Quay, but would be safe with few conflicts, and would lead to a big increase in cycling numbers, justifying the cost. Please advocate for this as well.

Keith Flinders: Cyclists need to co-exist, not totally impact on the rights of vehicle users. Where do you plan to have vehicles belonging to workers and customers park if the present Hutt Road facility is taken away. I suggest you present a business case if you want to get all on board with your schemes.

Sue Kedgley: Yes

John Klaphake: I am sympathetic to that – yes.

Chris Laidlaw: Yes

Ian McKinnon: No – I’m sure the cyclists are aware that many retailers are really struggling now, with on line shopping, etc. As a letter to the paper indicated (and as I know personally from being a Lambton Ward Councillor), no car parks, retailing falls away even further … and with it the employment of people. We holidayed in the Netherlands for a number of years and know that part of the world quite well … I find the comparisons some people make with ‘commuting’ cycling there and in Wellington quite misleading.

Daran Ponter: Yes, subject to active consultation with all affected parties.

Sam Somers:  It depends on the location of the cyclepath. I put a submission, regarding the Hutt Road Cyclepath, opposing the removal of car parks from the footpath and placing them on the left lane of the Hutt Road making the Hutt Road have a T2 lane System. My solution to that scenario, was to use the disused rail corridor, behind all the shops, not requiring the removal of carparks and reduce the risk of being hit, for motorists coming in and out of the shops. I would support a proposal to make a dedicated 2-way cycle lane like what they have in Beach Road in Auckland done 1 side of the road.  I would also support running the cycleways on the inside of angle parks, to reduce the risk of cars reversing blindly into cyclists.

Russell Tregonning: Yes—an essential act to create more the space for safe cycle lanes is to reduce the road parking of vehicles—done recently in European cities with dramatic increase in safety for cyclists ( e.g. Copenhagen, Amsterdam etc etc).

Do you support providing bike racks on buses?

Roger Blakeley:  Yes. This encourages integration of active transport modes with public transport, encouraging reduced use of private cars and reduced vehicle emissions.

Paul Bruce: Cycle racks on buses are important as they give new cyclists the confidence to try out cycling to work. They also provide a back up when something goes wrong and you have to return late, you get sick, or the weather turns foul.

Keith Flinders: No

Sue Kedgley: Absolutely and my colleague Paul Bruce has succeeded in getting a trial for bikes on Wellington buses. Once the trial has been evaluated I hope bike racks will be rolled out on city buses, so that cyclists have the option of taking public transport for part of their journey.

John Klaphake: Very much so!

Chris Laidlaw: Yes; I initiated the review of this.

Ian McKinnon: If that could be achieved and was safe, I would support it – I would be happy to see a report from Officers early in the next triennium (if I make the cut!) – would it slow the loading of commuter busses down too much though? I don’t know.

Daran Ponter: I was one of two regional councillors who advocated for the inclusion of bike racks on buses in the Regional Public Transport Plan. This has resulted in the recent trial on Newlands buses, soon to further trialled on a complete Northern suburbs bus route. To be successful bike racks need to be on all buses and all routes 24/7 – we will get there.

Sam Somers: I support it in principle, and this would be a great option, especially when the weather is fine in the morning and bucketing down with rain at night.

Russell Tregonning:  Yes—bike racks on buses and trains is an essential way to increase the connectivity of cycling and public transport.

What do you see as the three most important cycling projects to implement in the next year in the Wellington region?

Roger Blakeley:  As agreed at the WCC Transport and Urban Development Committee on 11 August 2016, the refresh of the Wellington City Urban Cycleways Programme ( WUCP) includes: 1. Progress the Great Harbour Way/Te Aranui o Poneke (GHW) by upgrading the Miramar Cutting to Cobham Drive shared path and developing the Evans Bay Parade/Oriental Bay Parade to Waitangi Park corridor to connect the Wellington CBD to the east 2. Implement the Eastern suburbs proposals (including a connection from Kilbirnie
to Newtown) 3. Work with the community to develop pragmatic options for the Southern corridor connecting to Pukeahu in the CBD

Paul Bruce: The Hutt cycle way must be top priority. Next would be completing the safe route from Island Bay to the city.  The construction of the seaward Petone to Nguaranga Gorge cycle/walk way should be brought forward to next year so that a complete route Hutt to Wellington is available by 2018.

The GHW section around Mt Victoria should also be completed, as it requires little structural change.

Keith Flinders: None that come to mind are on my radar, but try and convince me if I get elected.

Norbert Hausberg: Maybe you would like to read my facebook entry about the car free area in central Wellington a few days ago, Embassy theatre to Parliament. An easy project and hope to get that through if elected.

Sue Kedgley: The Hutt cycle route; the around the bays cycle way, and the Petone to Wellington cycleway.

John Klaphake: The route around the bays.

Chris Laidlaw: Great harbour way route from Petone, The Hutt Road cyclepath and a
clearly delineated route from the railway station/port area around the
waterfront.

Ian McKinnon: Separation of pedestrians and commuting cyclists on some of the main cycling routes (like the Sydney Harbour Bridge); greater sensitivity by cyclist in the Willis St area (on footpath; on road; on footpath … depending on the red lights!); better guidance on the distance between cyclist and car – you can’t achieve that in some of Wellington’s streets – and frustrations / anger arises (from both parties).

Daran Ponter: Island Bay (resolution of) and extension through Berhampore, Eastern suburbs, Hutt Road.

Sam Somers: The Harbour Cycleway, which Councillor Jo Coughlan recently [proposed]. A improved Hutt Road Cycleway working for all. Revamping of the Island Bay Cycleway Disaster. Over the next 3 years I would like to see a Petone to Ngauranga Cycleway started as well, since we need a safer routes between Petone and Ngauranga.

Russell Tregonning:  The 3 projects I favour are—1. Councils to engage with cycling experts and health professionals to formulate a widespread public education programme to educate the public (including councillors) of the benefits of cycling and physical exercise in general (akin to the drive to reduce smoking for health, as physical inactivity is as dangerous to health as cigarette smoking—leading to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers etc). 2. Decrease parking on footpaths according to the law (e.g. Thorndon) and on roads– as soon as possible 3. Rapidly engage with the public to allow the up-take of central govt. funding for more cycleways.

Do you think electric assist bikes are a good way to encourage more cycling?

Roger Blakeley: Yes. E-bikes make cycling more accessible to more people, and encourage more people to cycle. They allow adults of all ages to rediscover the joy of cycling.

Paul Bruce: Electric assist bikes extend the range of ordinary bikes. They also allow seniors to continue cycling. They also good for allowing less fit people to try out cycling, and providing a real alternative to the private car.

Keith Flinders: No, apart from those with disabilities.

Sue Kedgley:  Yes, especially suitable for our hilly topography.

John Klaphake: Probably? Is it really an issue??

Chris Laidlaw:  Yes.

Ian McKinnon: I’m not in a position to comment.

Daran Ponter: Yes

Sam Somers: Definitely support Electric Assist Bikes, as this will make a journey up Wellingtons steep hills easier.

Russell Tregonning:  Electric bikes have great potential to increase cycling in Wellington—their use will reduce the effects of hills, wind and the age & physical fitness of the cyclist. Their use still gives major health benefits.

Do you have any other comments on cycling in Wellington?

Roger Blakeley: I spent an afternoon in Copenhagen in 2012 cycling around the city’s cycleways. They have had an amazing shift in the culture of the city: from a car-dominated city like Wellington in the 1960s to now a greater number of trips by cycle than by private car (since 2005) – in a city with a severe winter climate. We can learn from their designs
of separated cycle lanes and separate traffic lights for cyclists. Wellington has the highest active mode share of any city in NZ, but we should be encouraging the citizen-wide transformation that Copenhagen has gone through to become a cycling city!

Paul Bruce: Creating a safe cycle network around the region and in Wellington city will be a game changer, with the potential to reduce the traffic on roads significantly. It would also humanise the city. It allows a significant reduction in our personal carbon footprint, improves our fitness and at the same time saves real dollars. It would allow a village atmosphere to be recreated in the city. I’d like to mention my advocacy work with the Regional Council which has centred around work 6 to 9 years ago with respect to the GHW section Petone to Nguaranga, Kaiwharawhara to city via Aotea Quay cycle paths (WCC), and putting cycle racks on the GWRC long term plan 6 years ago with the result that is happening now.   I would like to acknowledge Cycle Aware and thank you for your fantastic work.

Norbert Hausberg: A green painted strip on the road is not a cycle track in my opinion. We have to encourage those “end categories”.

Sue Kedgley:  If we are to remain a modern, ‘livable,’ progressive city that is attractive to young people and families etc, it’s essential we invest in upgrading cycle routes and making it safe and easy to cycle in the city. It’s essential,too, that we install a network of safe, separated cycleways around our city. Cycling is enormously beneficial for our city, as it has no emissions, supports our transition to a low carbon economy, reduces congestion and improves the health and well-being of Wellingtonians. We need to make cycling more attractive by getting rid of polluting diesel buses and switching to electric buses so that cyclists are not exposed to carcinogenic diesel fumes. We also need to encourage Wellingtonians to switch to non-polluting electric cars.

John Klaphake: Pretty keen on cycling, but have to say that cycle ways in all situations are probably not the right answer. Where they can work well, that is good. Otherwise, we need to encourage courtesy on the roads and remember it is a shared resource.

Chris Laidlaw: We need more subtle and inventive ways to shift the narrative away from
cycling being an irritant to cycling becoming a distinct part of the
solution to a wider congestion problem.I’m keen to be part of that.

Ian McKinnon: 1. We should accept there is a different style / approach to cycling here than in the European cities which are often quoted. 2. We want safety for both cyclists and pedestrians and we don’t want motorists to get frustrated and take risks (including with their reputation)with cyclists. 3. Obviously motorists have to be cautious with cyclists; cyclists must also be cautious with pedestrians. 4. On popular cycling routes we must create separation of cyclists and pedestrians.

Daran Ponter: Cycling has grown enormously in Wellington, thanks in part to the tenacity of dedicated cyclists and to improvements in cycle access. But we have much further to go till we get to a point where cyclists can feel truly confident and safe in their journeys – where cycling isn’t a battle to be engaged in on a daily basis.

Sam Somers: I would like to see Education for both Cyclist and Motorist so they are aware of one another. I would like to see signs in places where roads are narrower, reminding Cyclist to ride in single file, including The Esplanade between Island Bay and Lyall Bay.
I would like to see Bylaws, along with improves cycleways, requiring cyclist to use the cycleways during peak times when traveling on Routes such as the Hutt Road, or Cobham Drive.

Russell Tregonning:  My experience trying to encourage my patients to cycle more for their musculoskeletal & general health has been dominated by their fear of cycling on our roads. They perceive a major danger due to crashes with motorised traffic. Therefore we need more safe cycle lanes in the city which are physically separated from motorised traffic. Councils have a responsibility for the health of the public enshrined in law. They also have climate change plans to satisfy. It’s now time for Councils to take firm action. The public will only accept this if they see the benefits to themselves & society at large—this the challenge. Education of the public and a firm resolve by our leaders after real consultation the answer.