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Policies will make city more walkable, rideable

Dec 4th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

WELLINGTON already has the biggest number of people walking and running to work in NZ.

Now it’s adopting more ways to improve the city’s cycling and walking environment.

The City Council has just approved new policies to reduce barriers to walking or cycling to work, schools, suburban centres, public transport and recreational facilities.

One will address issues such as traffic-light phasing and red-light cameras, conceptual support for the Great Harbour Way and consideration of new clearways for cyclists.

A second will focus on introducing infrastructural improvement and traffic management measures to make the streets safer for cyclists and reduce the number of crashes involving cyclists.

The council will be investigating a range of options early next year to tackle a cycle accident black-spot on Thorndon Quay.

The final policy will ensure the majority of Wellington’s tracks will be shared between mountain bikes and walkers, while some tracks, like Rangitatau Reserve, are designated for exclusive use.

Seton Nossiter Park, parts of Tinakori Hill, Truby King Rd, Northern Skyline and Wrights Hill are areas and tracks that are being opened to cyclists for the first time.

Horse riders will also now have access to Woodburn Reserve, Old Coach Rd and Te Kopahou Reserve.

The Walking, Cycling and Track Recreation Activities policies were tabled at a council meeting by councillor Andy Foster, the council’s Urban Development and Transport Portfolio leader, and councillor Celia Wade-Brown, the Environment Portfolio leader.

“We’ll also be looking at ways of letting cyclists travel more easily between the Cable Car and Salamanca Rd,” says Ms Wade-Brown.

Mr Foster says the walking policy will ensure Wellington continues to build on being New Zealand’s most walkable city.

Funding levels for the implementation of the three policies will be determined by next June, at the conclusion of the council’s long term council community plan process.

 

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  1. There are still changes being made to roads that are really dangerous to cyclists – like the tight roundabouts added to Tawa in the last couple of years – cyclist considerations are important to both the city planners and regional planners of roads and routes aren’t they? Has the national fund available for cycling developments been anywhere near spent in recent times?
    On a recent visit to Denver, Colorado I experienced what a cycle friendly city is. They have over 800 miles of “cycle only ” roads in the city. These are alongside rivers, through parks, alongside arterial routes to make a grid across the city. You don’t have to be like the courageous band who risk life on state highway 2 (and most arterial routes around Wellington) to commute.

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