Johnsonville trains get bikes on board
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.