Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Updated cycle lane plans reflect feedback

Updated cycle lane plans reflect feedback


Two extra pedestrian crossings and a new set of traffic lights are among the changes now proposed as part of the plan to install safer cycle lanes along The Parade in Island Bay.

Changes have been made to the plans following feedback and discussions over the past few months and people have a month from today to look at the revised design and proposed traffic changes and provide any final feedback. Councillors will make a final decision in December and if approved, construction will start early next year.

Councillor Andy Foster, who chairs the Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee, is keen to see the new lanes in place as soon as possible and more proposals developed to make biking through adjacent suburbs and other parts of the city safer and easier.

“It’s very apparent an increasing number of Wellingtonians are getting about by bike and our research shows many more people will travel that way at times if we make it safer. Like other smart cities worldwide – we’ve committed to making improvements to neighbourhoods and routes to provide real transport choices.

“The new lanes proposed in Island Bay are a good start,” he says. “They give people on bikes their own space away from general traffic and include bypasses at bus stops, which will be great for less confident riders.”

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the separated cycle lanes will be an exemplar for the city.

“I’m delighted that locals will be able to enjoy this suburb by bike without waiting for decisions to be made on the whole complex route through Newtown and Mt Cook to the waterfront.”

The proposal for the three kilometres of new kerbside lanes between Shorland Park and Wakefield Park includes:

• new pedestrian crossings on The Parade near Humber and Mersey streets

• keeping most right-turning lanes at busier intersections

• cycle bypasses at nine bus stops

• new traffic lights at Dee Street

• no parking or other changes through the main shopping centre, which is already a low-speed (30km/h) area

• retaining all of the pohutukawa trees.

Some on-street car parking will have to go for the new lanes to function safely, but the overall loss has been reduced from the 45 originally mooted, to 29 car parks – about 11 percent of the existing 265 car parks. This has been achieved with some proposed design changes on The Parade. Some new short-stay parking on Humber, Mersey, Tamar and Dee streets will replace similar spaces removed from The Parade and will help support businesses in those areas.

Cr Foster says staff have worked incredibly hard and listened to a range of suggestions and concerns from local residents, businesses and cyclists over the past few months. They made changes where it was safe and appropriate to do so, including several which will make things safer for pedestrians.

“The new lights at Dee Street and some of the other changes have added to the overall cost (now $1.9 million), but are being recommended as the best and safest way to share this road space more fairly and balance a mix of needs for all ages and transport modes.”

The detailed plans and final proposal are on the Council’s website Wellington.govt.nz/shorland2wakefield and on display at the Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, and the Wellington South Baptist Church, 284 The Parade. Information is also available from Island Bay Library.

People will be able to see large-scale versions of the revised plans and talk with staff at a drop-in session at the Baptist Church, 5–8pm on Thursday 11 September. Feedback should be made online if possible at Wellington.govt.nz/islandbaycycle. Alternatively, Freepost submission forms are available from Island Bay Library or by phoning 499 4444.

More work is being done on the routes through Berhampore and Newtown that were proposed by a panel of Wellingtonians for the next section of the Island Bay to city cycleway. Wider public consultation on options for this section will happen next year.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news