Wellington City Council’s response: the story so far

The Council has responded to our post of Lesley’s letter to Cr Pepperell. It’s a fairly lengthy response so I’ve posted the first part here and the second part, which addresses future plans, will be posted separately.

Progress on the 2008 Cycling Policy as at March 2011. To date:

Considerable effort has been put in to improve the city’s worst performing cycle route between Ngauranga and Featherston Street, work along this route has included:

  • Thorndon Quay clearway for southbound morning cyclists, including the associated pedestrian crossing
  • New lane arrangements and advanced cycle stop box approaching Bunny Street
  • Highlighting potential conflict points with green surfacing on both the Hutt Road shared path and on Thorndon Quay


Commuters contend with angle parking along Thorndon Quay. Image credit: WCC

We have removed parking on the seaward side of Evans Bay Parade through Balaena Bay to complete the on road cycle lane between the Oriental Bay shared path and the Greta Point – Miramar shared path.

We are currently consulting on a proposal to lower the speed limit on Oriental Parade and around the northern Miramar Peninsula roads of Shelly Bay, Massey and Karaka Bay. The proposed 40kmh speed limit is being recommended as a means to improve both areas for cyclists and pedestrians and indicates to drivers that there are other road users whose needs have been considered.

We have commenced work on the Tawa shared cycle path. The Shared Path will provide a safer cycling route and encourage more people to get about on foot or by bike. The five-kilometre path from Willowbank Park to Kenepuru Station will link to nearby streets, the shopping centre and other key spots like railway stations, schools, recreational areas and parks. The path will be 3m wide where possible. The path will eventually link through to Porirua Station. The project is expected to cost $3.5M and will take 7 years to complete.

We have supported the initiative of bells on bikes and have run a campaign highlighting the need to share pathways and gave away a free bell.

We have run a series of adult cycle training days and are working with a number of schools to help deliver cycle training to primary school aged children.

Cycle skills training course for parents and kids at Lyall Bay. Image credit: WCC









Better than the average Christmas present!

Mamachari are getting pretty well-known across all of Wellington. I get a lot of comments on my bike and almost everyone asks if it’s “from those guys in Island Bay who are bringing in the Japanese bikes”? Mine isn’t as a matter of fact, but I did nearly buy one, and if I’d bought one I would have wanted this one! I saw it on the website before Christmas and wondered who would be the lucky person to end up with it. Turns out my neighbour got it for Christmas! Lucky thing.

Bike skills training sessions – free!

Image credit: Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Looking to upgrade your bike-riding skills? Or would you like to ride more with your children & pass good riding skills on to them?

Wellington City Council are organising a couple of cycle skills training sessions, run with fabulous instructors from CAN. And these initial sessions are free free free! (Later sessions will have a cost, so get in now)!


November 27th, December 4th

10am – 1pm

Lyall Bay School, Freyberg Street

November 27th is for parents and their kids (aged 8+) to learn together.

December 4th is an adults session.

You and your children will need to:

  • know the basics of how to ride a bike
  • bring along a road-worthy bike and helmet

The classes will take the form of roughly 1 hour off road (in the playground) doing basic drills, and 2 hours on the roads around Lyall Bay.

The classes are nice & small; a maximum of 12 per class with two instructors.

People can contact Emma Hope to register on 803 8632 or emma.hope@wcc.govt.nz.