After plenty of big talk about changing the face of cycling in Wellington, the council has written a big cheque to match.
The Wellington City Council has agreed to spend $101 million on new cycle lanes across the capital over the next 20 years, with $30m being spent in the first three years to really get the programme going.
Wellington’s ‘Master Plan’ for cycling, which was approved by the council’s transport and urban development committee on Wednesday, identifies the CBD, eastern suburbs and the route between the railway station and Ngauranga as the first areas for development.
Cycling in Wellington at present is not massively different from playing Russian Roulette – albeit with slightly better odds.
Hutt Rd was the only real option for reaching Ngauranga, while Kent and Cambridge terraces, Tory St, Taranaki St, Victoria St, Cuba St, Karo Drive, Willis St and the waterfront would all feature in the CBD conversation, he said.
Please, please have the Hutt Road cycleway actually link all the way up to Petone, not stop 300 metres short as it currently does.
Looks a decent plan.