Following the development of the Wellington Cycleways Master Plan and Cycling Framework, we began investigating improvements to cycling facilities across the city.

For the central city, a package or routes was proposed in 2015-2016 to make it safer and easier to get around by bike.

Community working group

 The Council set up a community working group (Central Area Corridor and Route Selection Working Group) in November 2015 that included community representatives and ward councillors:

  • Inner City Residents and Business Association
  • Greater Kelburn Progressive Association
  • Mt Victoria Residents Association
  • Aro Valley Community Council
  • Queen Margaret College
  • St Mary’s College
  • Wellington High School
  • NZ Centre for Sustainable Studies
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Cycle Aware Wellington
  • Living Streets Aotearoa
  • NZ Automobile Association Wellington District
  • NZ Transport Agency
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Lambton Ward councillors

The group met four times from late November 2015 to June 2016 and identified key local destinations and priority routes.

Big review

In mid-2016, the NZ Transport and Wellington City Council took another look at the city’s overall cycling programme and decisions were made on which routes and network improvement projects to prioritise.

Originally $13 million was allocated for improvements in the central city.

However, as part of the review, most of that funding was reallocated to other Wellington projects in recognition that major changes to key central city routes would be considered as part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project.

Funding of $1.5 million remained for smaller improvements to help make biking in downtown Wellington easier.

Incremental changes

The community working group was reactivated in February 2017 to consider the best ways to make use of this reduced funding.

It agreed on a list of possible changes to improve:

  • connectivity – changes to help improve accessibility and permeability by providing new or upgraded connections (eg contra-flow lanes and separate cycle lights)
  • safety – changes to help reduce the crash risk through new and upgraded cycle facilities, and education
  • utility – changes to help make the city more bike-friendly including signs, more free bike parking and fix-it stands, and education

Detailed work is being carried out to explore the logistics and design of the various proposed changes.

Wellington City Council and the Government plan to invest $37.25 million in the city over four years (2015–2019) to start to develop a connected cycle network.

Two-thirds of the funding is coming from the Government through the Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund. The Council is funding the other third.

Central city

See the improvements being considered across the central city.

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