Walking New Zealand

Wellington plans to build 124km bike network

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Wellington has a dream and it’s to be a city where it’s easy for people of all ages and abilities to choose low or zero carbon transport options. Where kids can get themselves to school in ways that are great for their health and the environmen­t. Where people can easily choose to live without a car if they want to, and where suburban streets are quiet, safe places.

To achieve this vision, an additional 124km of safe bike routes will be created over the next decade connecting the city centre to the majority of surroundin­g suburbs including Tawa, Johnsonvil­le, Karori, Owhiro Bay, Island Bay, Lyall Bay, Seatoun and Miramar. Currently Wellington has 23km of bike paths and lanes.

The cycling budget was agreed in May and increased from a proposed investment of $120 million to $226 million following an amendment by Councillor Tamatha Paul. Councillor Paul said the bike network was needed to help cut Wellington’s emissions as currently 34% come from road transport.

The draft Bike Network Plan 2021-31 was approved for consultati­on in September and consultati­on will happen later this year. In the meantime, the Council plans to get on with making two key connection­s safer – the rides between Newtown and the city, and the Botanic Garden and the city.

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