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