Two different approaches
Swift action – interim changes
The bike network plan is ambitious. To get this installed within 10 years and start changing how we get around, we must act swiftly.
So more people can ride, scoot and walk more places safely sooner, we’ll be trying new ways of doing things - a bit like the new lane on Brooklyn hill, we can change it if we don't get it quite right.
We’ll be using lower-cost and adaptable materials so people can try things out, tell us what they like or would change, and help to design permanent solutions.
This approach means we can get more of the bike network and connections in place relatively cheaply and quickly for the time being until permanent changes can be made in the future. These types of installations will not always be pretty but will serve a purpose.
Councillors gave the go-ahead in September for work to start on these routes as quickly as possible, in advance of permanent upgrades that will happen as part of Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s plans.
The bike network plan includes finishing what we have started in the east between Miramar and the central city around Evans Bay, and the upgrade to The Parade in Island Bay.
In the right spots, we’ll skip the interim step and make permanent improvements. There could also be a mix of interim and permanent changes as part of the same project. Changes at busy intersections with traffic lights, for example, would most likely have to be permanent and the more straightforward sections installed more quickly.
Interim installations could be in place for 1-8 years before permanent changes are made. Some of these will happen as part of larger transport changes such as mass rapid transit and bus priority or other Council projects and upgrades.