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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:28 pm

City cyclists in for safer ride, but there’s still more talk before action

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The future of cycling in Wellington is looking safer judging by the city’s proposed new cycle framework – but sign-off will depend on public feedback which closes at the end of May.

The proposal was been a long time coming and was given one final push by local Wellington cyclists.

Over 300 cyclists came together to ride from the train station to Civic Square last month to show the council a safer cycling infrastructure needs to be in place in the city.

Cyclists can comment on the cycling framework until consultation closes on May 29.

Cycling Advocates Network had been using the slogan ‘Get on with it’ to promote the rally, as well as volunteers handing out flyers to cyclists.

Patrick Morgan, (top), the spokesperson for Cycle Aware Wellington, says there is so much talk from the council but so little action.

“Cycling is a bit of a political football and they have let that get in the way of protecting Wellingtonians that ride bikes,” says Patrick Morgan.

The proposed full cycle network which will connect the central city to the suburbs as well as connecting to the Hutt Valley.

The network will over 10 years connect more than 50 schools and 20,000 businesses making for a more accessible city by bike.

Councillor David Lee was at the rally and supports the framework.

“They have finally put together a plan for a safer cycle network in the city,” Mr Lee says.

He hopes the Island Bay cycleway in his Southern Ward will not be delayed by the proposal of a full city network.

The Island bay cycleway has been a political issue with constant delays over the last few years.

He says it has been hijacked by politics and if they weren’t involved, the cycleway would be done already.

“For the Island Bay section there is a group being set up to sort out traffic resolutions, work could physically start in late June or early July,” Mr Lee says.

The framework proposes $45 million dollars will be put into a new cycle infrastructure in Wellington over the next 10 years.

Traffic in the city will also be affected but Mr Lee believes safer speed zones should be put in place with the network to make the city safer.

“Cycling is faster and easier for a lot of people. It’s a no brainer that we provide a safer cycle network.”

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