Wellington's proposed 147km cycleway network

Leah Panapa 21/09/2021

LISTEN: The Wellington City Council Planning and Environment Committee is meeting on Thursday to consider a $226 million plan to make it easier to get around the city in low-carbon ways.

The draft Bike Network Plan proposes a connected, 147km network of safer bike routes to be built across the city within 10 years.

The committee is also looking at some interim measures to expedite safety connections within the city, by increasing options for people to do more trips around Wellington by bus, bike, or scooter.

Wellington affairs commentator Dave Armstrong says he supports the draft plan.

"I think it's really good and I think it's visionary," he told Magic Talk.

"But I do hope that it gets implemented because in Wellington we sometimes have problems with implementation and not just design."

A draft map includes cycleways to the city centre from Tawa, Johnsonville, Karori, Owhiro Bay, Island Bay, Lyall Bay, Seatoun and Miramar.

If the committee agrees, the Bike Network Plan will go out for public consultation in late October/early November alongside other major city-shaping plans including the draft District Plan and Let’s Get Wellington Moving projects.

The new Bike Network Plan was requested by Councillors following their decision to invest $226 million in the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan to develop a connected bike network. 

The plan builds on the 2015 Cycleways Masterplan with greater detail showing the streets to be included in the network, and how the network will be delivered, Wellington City Council says.

Listen to the full interview with Dave Armstrong above.

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