Cycle Wellington News, 5 March 2020
Let's get a win on central city safer speeds
Wellington is planning to change speed limits on most central city streets to 30km/h. Yeah! This is an effective and proven way to make our streets sweeter for people on bikes. And there's heaps of additional benefits. Let's get this across the line. Thanks to everyone who took part in the engagement in November last year. This is a second stage of feedback, not more of the same thing - you need to have your say this time too!
Show your support for safe streets and better biking. We have until 31 March 2020 to respond. It takes 5 minutes.
Have your say today at https://lgwm.nz/saferspeeds
Do you support the proposal as shown which will lower the speed limit to 30km/h on the proposed streets? Strongly support
Do you have any specific changes you would make to the proposal? Yes
Please detail any changes you would make to the proposal:
Extend it to Taranaki St, Vivian St, Kent Tce, Cambridge Tce, and the waterfront Quays.
Best practice street design is 30 kmh where vehicles share with people on bikes, and significant number of pedestrians.
Thinking about the proposed speed limit changes, please rate how you think these changes will impact:
people walking in, around or through the area? Very positively
Overall, thinking about the city as a whole, the long-term impact of the proposed changes will be: Very positive
Would you like to make any other comments?
It's best to use your own words. Here's some suggestions:
We deserve safe and attractive streets.
Lowering operating speeds and speed limits on urban streets will:
- improve safety for all road users
- encourage more people to walk and cycle in the central city, reducing car use
- make the city quieter and more pleasant
- have little or no effect on vehicle journey times
- be good for city businesses
- reduce emissions, in line with WCC’s Te Atakura – First to Zero plans
- be consistent with WCC's urban growth, walking and cycling policies and LGWM aims
Changes to street design and layout are also needed, to signal that these are 30 kmh streets.
A network of protected bike lanes is needed, especially on any streets not included in the 30 kmh plan.
I note 508 people were injured or killed on Wellington City roads in 2018, up from 459 in 2017 and 365 in 2016.
Making SH2 safe
We have good momentum to make SH2 from Wellington to Petone safe for people on bikes. Representatives from Cycle Wellington, Hutt Cycling Network, and cycling clubs met with NZTA staff last month to look at the way forward. We covered:
1. immediate measures to reduce risk on SH2, such as speed reduction, speed enforcement, widening the shoulder, and frequent maintenance
2. accelerating construction of the new seaward-side path, Te Ara Tupua
3. governance for improvements along the whole SH2 corridor.
The ball is in NZTA's court. We'll be reporting back to you soon on their response and actions.
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Have your say
We'll be in touch to help you have your say on the parking policy review, and the spatial plan. These will enable city streets that are better for biking.
Come and meet us
Cycle Wellington meets at 6pm on Tuesday 7 April at the Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane, Te Aro. Come along and get stuck in.
It’s a year full of activity and events so stay tuned for more via email on upcoming events. Here are a few to keep you pedalling happy!
Cargo Bike Meetup, 8 March at Newtown Festival, Gordon Place 10am-3pm
Keep pedaling and smile at other friendly road users.
Linda Beatson and Mark Johnston
Cycle Wellington Co-Chairs
PO Box 25-424