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Wellington’s new city-wide cycling network gets green light from council

Wellington's new city-wide cycling network gets green light from council

Wellington City councillors have voted in favour of adopting a new bike network, which will expand the current 23km of cycleways across the capital to…

Thursday, Mar 10

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Wellington City councillors have voted in favour of adopting a new bike network, which will expand the current 23km of cycleways across the capital to 166km.

It brings to life the big $226m cycling spend councillors agreed on last year when they set the council’s 10-year budget.

The plan is made up of a primary network to provide connections into the city as well as a secondary network to build infrastructure around town centres and schools.

The network also features an extensive waterfront cycleway encompassing the existing path around the inner harbour and its bays and then extending further around the eastern and southern suburbs.

The cycleways will be rolled out through a transitional programme with plastic post separators and changes to road markings using paint. They will have a pop-up feel to them.

This allows the network to be established more quickly and so changes to the design can be made in real-time before permanent grade-separated cycleways are implemented.

At a Planning and Environment council committee meeting today councillor Tamatha Paul said climate change was the elephant in the room. Start your day in the know "Cars make up a massive chunk of our carbon emissions and the biggest thing we can do as a city is get people onto buses and on bikes and on foot where they are able to."That means disabled people and older people, who need to use a car and rely on using a car, can get to where they need to go safely and quickly."Paul hoped the new […]

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