Wellington City Council
Want better cycling in Wellington?
Do you love to ride but don't want to mix with busy traffic? Want more bike lanes?
Thanks to everyone who turned out at the WCC Cycling Forum on 1 May.
Last week we got news that Wellington had slipped form third worst to absolute worst for cycling crashes in NZ. What a disgrace. Clearly we need to lift our game, and the current spending of $1.3 million is failing to deliver safer cycling.
Please support the Council's proposal to improve cyclist safety on Thorndon Quay. Make a submission - it only takes a couple of minutes.
Over the past 10 years, the average number of commuter cyclists on Thorndon Quay has increased from 75 to 300 per hour during peak hours. The average reported crashes between cycles and vehicles have also increased from one to six per year, making Thorndon Quay one of the most dangerous roads in Wellington for cyclists.
Wellington City Council are getting a shipment of the new style sump gratings (the ones with a wavy grid, rather than parallel bars that act as an instant bike stand). They'd like suggestions of where to put them. Simplest thing is to email cycling [at] wcc [dot] govt [dot] nz with the details of your (un)favourite grate location. I'd suggest telling them:
- The nearest street intersection (e.g. Bunny/Featherston)
- The distance from the intersection.
- The street the grating is actually on
- The side of the street (e.g. north)
The first two sections of the new shared pathway through Tawa for cyclists and pedestrians - totalling just under one kilometre - has been finished and is already proving popular.
"When rail tracks that cross Waterloo Quay are realigned this weekend, we'll be putting rubber around them to make them safer for cyclists."
In debates all candidates profess support for cycling and the incumbent says “and we will be spending more on cycling”. Don’t let the rhetoric stand in the way of examining a voting record that shows less commitment!