John­sonville trains get bikes on board

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Welling­ton cy­clists ac­knowl­edged the re­gional coun­cil’s ef­forts to make Welling­ton more bike­friendly last month when cy­cling ad­vo­cacy or­gan­i­sa­tion Cy­cle Aware Welling­ton dished out its Roll On Welling­ton awards for cy­cling-friendly ini­tia­tives.

Greater Welling­ton was named run­ner-up in the best cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ment cat­e­gory for its new Matangi trains, be­hind Welling­ton City Coun­cil’s Tawa Val­ley Path­way.

The judges sin­gled out the new trains on the John­sonville line in par­tic­u­lar; all the trains on this line are Matangi trains and bikes can be car­ried on them dur­ing peak and off-peak times.

Cy­cle Aware spokesman Pa­trick Mor­gan said the coun­cil had been more ac­com­mo­dat­ing on the John­sonville line re­cently.

Although there had been a blan­ket ban on car­ry­ing bikes on peak hour trains the John­sonville ser­vices had not been full.

‘‘In this case they have shown some flex­i­bil­ity. There is no rea­son for a blan­ket ban dur­ing peak hours. They have shown a bit of com­mon sense.’’

Greater Welling­ton eco­nomic well­be­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Peter Glen­sor said he was de­lighted the new trains’ cy­cle fa­cil­i­ties have been recog­nised.

‘‘Through­out the de­sign process for the new trains, we en­sured the cy­cling com­mu­nity was in­cluded at ev­ery stage and we en­gaged with them ex­ten­sively about the best way of ac­com­mo­dat­ing bikes.’’

Mr Glen­sor said the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to multi- mo­dal trans­port ob­li­gated it to ex­plore op­tions such as car­ry­ing bikes on trains.

Cy­cle Aware spokesman James Burgess said the awards show­cased the best and bright­est of cy­cling in Welling­ton.

‘‘They’re a great op­por­tu­nity for the cy­cling com­mu­nity to show their sup­port for the things they love in Welling­ton. There were lots of win­ners on the night – as well as a few who lost out.’’ Other award win­ners:

Most cy­cle-friendly shop or cafe: La Boca Loca, Mi­ra­mar, for the bike park­ing out­side their build­ing com­ple­ment­ing their free hot drink for cy­clists pro­mo­tion.

Best bike shop: iRIDE Cy­cle Store in Thorn­don, for its cafe.

Favourite pub­lic trans­port per­son­al­ity: Carl Sayer of Ki­wiRail, Welling­ton Rail­way Sta­tion.

Most room for im­prove­ment: The nar­row Is­land Bay to city route.

Most cy­cle friendly em­ployer: Trans­power, for se­cure cy­cle parks, book­able pool bikes, shower, chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a dry­ing room, clothes stor­age, iron and board and hair dryer.

Best any­thing you like . . . bike, first equal, Me­chan­i­cal Tem­pest (the work­shop for prac­ti­cal help to get more peo­ple rid­ing) and Lit­tle Fight­ers Films for the Friendly Cy­clist Cam­paign.

Wel­come aboard: Ki­wiRail train man­ager Trevor James shows a com­muter where he can store his bike on a Matangi unit.

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