Wellington City Council and the Government plan to invest $37.25 million in Wellington City’s connected cycling network over four years (2015−2019).

Meeting a demand

Demand for cycling is high and growing. In Wellington, the City Council and the Government are investing in cycling because it delivers major benefits to all road users, and Wellington’s overall transport network. With our roads under increasing pressure, cycling is going to be an even bigger part of New Zealand’s future.

Two-thirds of the Government's investment is coming from the Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund. Both funds are administered by the New Zealand Transport Agency. One-third is the Council's share.

Wellington City Cycleways Programme

In 2016 the NZ Transport Agency commissioned an independent review of the Council’s cycleways programme by consultants Morrison Low.

The revised cycling programme was unanimously approved by Councillors at a Transport and Urban Development Committee meeting on 11 August 2016.  

The focus of our cycling programme between now and 2019 is on connections to and from the central city. We plan to:

  • progress the Great Harbour Way/Te Aranui o Pōneke by upgrading the Cobham Drive shared path from the Miramar cutting, and developing the Evans Bay Parade to Waitangi Park corridor to connect the eastern suburbs to the central city
  • implement the eastern suburbs proposals by working with the community to develop and design cycle paths (this will also include a connection from Kilbirnie to Newtown)
  • work with the community to develop options for the southern corridor connecting to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in the central city
  • carry out improvements in other areas as opportunities arise. This might include infrastructure upgrades, safety and efficiency improvements, and where works are identified as low cost and easy to implement.

The funding is allocated as follows:

  • Ngauranga to central city $9m
  • Central city $1.5m
  • Eastern suburbs $6m
  • Cobham Drive $4m
  • Evans Bay to Waitangi Park $7m
  • Southern corridor $6m
  • Other improvements (city-wide) $4m.

Apart from minor changes, central city cycling improvements will be considered as part of Let's Get Wellington Moving.

Funding for southern corridor

Councillors agreed in October 2018 at a meeting of the City Strategy Committee to a new funding approach for walking and cycling improvements in the southern corridor - Island Bay, Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook.

About the cycle network

We’re building the cycle network over the next 10 to 20 years.

Some of the routes will be major commuter connections, and others will be quiet, local streets that connect you with your neighbourhood shops.

The network will:

  • connect people to facilities such as Wellington Hospital or regional recreational centres
  • make cycling safer and easier
  • provide more transport choices for our growing city
  • help reduce carbon emissions and congestion
  • cater for riders of all ages and abilities
  • encourage those who want to go by bike
  • link to existing bike paths. 

It could join up:

  • 53 schools attended by 25,000 kids
  • 20,000 businesses with 200,000 residents
  • Porirua and the Hutt Valley with the central city
  • health workers to seven hospitals.

The research

International research shows that investing in cycling:

  • benefits communities and businesses
  • makes cities more attractive places to live
  • reduces traffic congestion.

Local research shows a large majority of Wellingtonians would cycle if they felt safer.

Your neighbourhood

If you're directly affected by proposed improvements for cycling in your neighbourhood − either because of where you live, or if you own a business or property there − the Council will work with you.