Get your submissions in on the three documents out for consultation at the moment. We've got an overview with main points for each detailed below. Writing your own submission and turning up to present it in person could well be the most important twenty minutes of advocacy you do all year!
Regional Land Transport Programme:
Submit online at: http://www.gw.govt.nz/regional-land-transport-programme/
Due 5pm, May 4
Main points: This includes the Ngauranga to Petone cycleway. Construction of the cycleway isn't due to begin until 2015 - this should be brought forward so it can be completed within the next three years.
CAW's submission: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=11QZYUqJp2_MQUOlMjrUiPHd_0uJ0X5y...
Greater Wellington's Long Term Plan:
Submit online at: http://www.gw.govt.nz/long-term-plan/
Due 5pm, May 4
Putting bike racks on buses is planned for 2017/18 - this should be brought forward to be completed in the next three years.
More and better quality cycle parking at train stations.
Support easy and medium grade tracks for walkers and cyclists in regional parks, especially tracks that can be used by commuters as well.
CAW"s submission: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1ONKOJJWXLBtTQHXUd---UOfcCOVtB81...
Wellington City Council Long Term Plan:
Submit online at: http://www.wellington.govt.nz/haveyoursay/publicinput/2012-05-longterm.html
Due 5pm, May 18
- Support WCC's recognition that cycling is a key part of the network, and offers a solution to most of the transport challenges the city faces.
- The proposed investment in cycling however, will not be sufficient to improve the level of service for most around the city or to achieve the council's cycle safety goals.
- While Cycle Aware Wellington supports the Tawa Stream Path, it should not be the only major improvement to the network undertaken in the next three years as it will not affect the majority of cyclists in the city.
- Prioritising road-space for cyclists over on-street parking on key arterial routes is a low-cost way to improve cycle safety.
- Improved cycle facilities are urgently needed on the Island Bay to CBD route (including Adelaide Rd), Jervois Quay and the Hutt Rd shared path.
- A dedicated bicycle coordinator position would help the council gain traction in this area, find low-cost wins by collaborating with other
areas of council (ie, the road resealing programme) and liaise with the community
- Lower speeds are another low-cost way to improve the safety of all road users, especially cyclists.