Wellington’s population is growing, and more people are moving through our city than ever before.

Over the next 10 years and beyond, Wellington City Council will work with the New Zealand Transport Agency and Government to deliver a cycle network throughout Wellington. Our goal is to ensure getting about by bike is a safe and viable transport choice for people of all ages and abilities. We want safer routes within neighbourhoods, and better connections between suburbs and the central city.

The network map below shows roughly when, and in what order, we will be talking with communities, developing safer local facilities, and connecting the different suburbs to the network. The map is high-level, indicating connections between suburbs rather than specific routes. Timings are an indication only –  based on expected funding levels. If these, or city priorities change, this could speed up or slow down the development of the cycle network.

The map was last updated: June 2018.

Click each stage below for more detail.

Pre-2015

This shows the small number of bike links that existed prior to 2015, which is when we began began working with the Government and communities to gradually make things safer for people on bikes. These are (or were) mainly pathways shared with pedestrians, or bike lanes painted on the road adjacent to traffic lanes.

Stage 1

2015–2019

Stage 1 shows how we are beginning to develop a network by gradually improving and adding connections to the north, east  and south of the city, including the Island Bay end of the southern connection, a safer link between Ngauranga and Thorndon, around Evans Bay from Miramar to the city, and between Kilbirnie and Newtown. All the upgrades and projects that will provide these connections either already exist, are under way, or have been approved for development in 2018/2019.

As consultation with communities occurs, projects are approved, and construction happens, we’ll see the cycle network grow to provide safer facilities in more neighbourhoods, and more viable commuter routes. 

Stage 2

2019–2021

Stage 2 of the cycle network will connect more suburbs to the south and east of Wellington. Suburbs including Newtown, Mt Cook, Berhampore, Island Bay, Kilbirnie and Miramar will all be connected to safer routes for people on bikes.

Improved central city connections are expected to be developed as part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project.

Stage 3

2021–2028

Stage 3 of the cycle network is likely to see connections developed to the outer eastern suburbs, including more of Miramar, Seatoun and Strathmore Park. The NZ Transport Agency is expected to develop a connection to the Hutt Valley.

Karori, Highbury, Kelburn, and Brooklyn should all become part of the network. Safer connections from Johnsonville, Paparangi, Newlands, Churton Park, and Tawa will be added from the north, and Thorndon will be improved as part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme.

 

 

Stage 4

Beyond 2028

In the future, we will add more suburbs to the network, including a north-west connection from Wilton through to Johnsonville and beyond, via Crofton Downs, Ngaio, Khandallah and Broadmeadows. Also included are a link down through the Ngaio Gorge; safer facilities from Highbury down through the Aro Valley; and through Northland and Wadestown to Thorndon.

Better connections around Miramar Peninsula, the south coast to Owhiro Bay, and then a loop back through Brooklyn will complete the cycle network. These connections are key to the region’s goal to develop the Great Harbour Way/ Te Aranui o Pōneke, a walking and cycling route around Te Whanganui-a-tara, Wellington harbour from Fitzroy Bay in the east to Sinclair Head in the west. They could potentially be progressed earlier with the right mix of local, regional and national support.