Help make biking safer and easier for more people

This project is part of our programme to develop a connected citywide cycle network so people of all ages and abilities can safely choose to make more trips by bike.

We’re looking at ways to make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes in Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook. This involves taking a fresh look at how to improve neighbourhood connections and develop safer links to the city.

As well as the people who already cycle, we want families, children learning skills on school bike tracks, and anyone else who would like to be able to go by bike sometimes, to have routes where they feel comfortable riding.

This can only happen by making changes on some streets, so we hope you will continue to work with us to help develop the best possible plan for your wider neighbourhood.

The Newtown Connections packages

In late 2018, we sought feedback on three options - different packages of routes and street changes. Four public drop-in sessions were held, and we also met with a range of groups and organisations.

The proposed package of routes and street changes that we will seek feedback on in late 2019 is likely to be a combination of the three packages that we received feedback on in late 2018. Developing this is complex and challenging. We’ve got narrow sections of street to consider, and through the feedback so far, lots of requests and things people have asked us to think about.

So, over the coming months, there is more to do and carefully consider.

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Next steps

The proposed package of routes and street changes that we will seek feedback on in late 2019 is likely to be a combination of the three packages that we received feedback on in late 2018.

Developing this is complex and challenging. We’ve got narrow sections of street to consider, and through the feedback so far, lots of requests and things people have asked us to think about.

So, over the coming months, there is more to do and carefully consider.

This detailed planning work will include:

  • looking more closely at the relative benefits of the different route options, so we know with more certainty which are likely to encourage more people to make more trips by bike in the future. We will also look at what more could be done at the same time to (for instance) improve bus stops and journey times, and make things easier for people on foot.
  • more discussions with Wellington Hospital and Capital and Coast District Health Board about the possibility of a route behind Wellington Hospital connecting Mein and Owen streets with Hospital Road.
  • more comprehensive work on parking patterns in the Newtown area to add to the research that has already been done. This will help determine ways to fairly manage limited on-street parking, not just here but in other locations around the city.
  • looking more closely at Wakefield and MacAlister parks, and Berhampore Golf Course, which are part of the Town Belt. Quieter routes, as well as more direct routes, are likely to be part of the final mix so we need to have discussions with groups that use these areas about their needs, possibilities, and what’s appropriate.

The city’s parking policy review planned for 2019 will factor in the information and possible new ways to manage limited or reduced amounts of on-street parking that come out of the Newtown work.

Awaited Government announcements about the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project, and changes proposed through the parking policy review, will both have a bearing on this project. It makes sense to wait and take these into account.

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How we got here

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We heard from more than 770 people during the first phase of community discussion (5 June–17 July 2018) on the Newtown Connections project. Of those, 85% thought it was important or very important to make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes in and around the wider Newtown area. This information was used to develop a community brief which includes a set of community objectives that were used to help guide the development of the three proposed packages of routes and street changes that we sought feedback on in late 2018 (13 November–11 December). More than 1000 people provided their thoughts on these, and that feedback is captured in this report.

There are many potential cycling routes between Wakefield Park and the central city, through Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park or the Basin Reserve. Previous investigations and discussions over the last few years have shown a huge number of possibilities, each with advantages and disadvantages. In 2014, a Citizens’ Advisory Panel, and others, began assessing potential cycling facilities in Berhampore and Newtown. In 2017, the Our Town Newtown project also sought feedback on the future of Newtown. You can read more about the Citizens’ Advisory Panel and other historic work in the issues report.

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