April 2022 Newsletter


Kia ora koutou 

Calls to action


Green grocer shop in Newtown with a bicycle in front.

Help demonstrate how many people shop by bike and support local businesses in Newtown while the interim bike lanes are being installed. All you need to do is shop by bicycle in Newtown and Adelaide Road, take a photo of you shopping and upload it to social media using the tag #BuyCycleNewtown.

Call for submissions on changes to Road User Charges

Submissions close 22 April 2022 (Earth Day)

Who pays for the negative externalities of car dependency?

Te Manatū Waka - The Ministry of Transport are consulting on upcoming changes to Road User Charges and are seeking input on how to fund the transport system in Aotearoa in a climate conscious way. Check out the submission guide from CAN and have your say.


Earth Day demonstration

Midday Friday 22 April 2022 
Midland Park

Earth viewed from space with the Moon's surface in the foreground.

On Earth Day this year, join calls from various groups for the government to take climate action now. A petition to ban fossil fuels in schools will be presented at Parliament at 1:30pm. Picnics In Parks will be located at Midland Park from 11am.

See what the driver’s sees and take a turn in the bus driver’s seat

9.45am - 2pm Wednesday 27 April 2022 
Kilbirnie Bus Depot, Onepu Road, Kilbirnie

The Travel Choice Team at Greater Wellington Regional Council runs regular Road User Workshops with bus operators to build empathy and awareness for operators / users of both forms of transport.

Cycle Wellington supporters are invited to take a turn in the bus driver’s seat, and come for a bike ride with the drivers. A light lunch is provided. Spaces are limited so please contact Sean Linton [email protected] to secure your spot.


Upcoming bikeness

529Garage registration pit stop

4:30pm - 6pm Thursday 14th April 
Botanic Gardens Entrance, Glenmore Street

Stop in on Thursday to get a free shield for your bike! Wellington City Council have sponsored 1000 free ‘shields’ as part of a trial period for the 529Garage bike registration app to help deter bike theft. In the meantime - download the app.

Picnics in Parks

11am - 12:30pm weekly on Fridays

Changing locations

Every Friday (nearly!) we meet up somewhere in central city Wellington in an on-street parking space. Join us for a chat and coffee, and sometimes: knitting, board games, and puppies, and help passers-by rethink the use of public space. We’re usually near a cafe, so come support a local business for your lunch as well.

Next Cycle Wellington Meeting

6pm Tuesday 3 May 2022

Sustainability Trust, Forresters Ln. and online. Sign up to CW to receive online meeting details closer to the time.

Project updates

Wellington City Council

Interim Projects

Contractor for Interim projects are set back by Covid and some of the early
Installation of the Newtown to City route is getting underway on 18 April.


Detailed designs for the ‘KFC corner’ in Kilbirnie are well progressed. Build starts in the new financial year - Jul - Aug.

Paneke Pōneke

Delivery plans for the network plan are progressing with more transitional projects along the network being scoped. There are still several roles being recruited for at WCC for this work as well.

Island Bay

Road surface resealed south of the town centre with the new road marking scheme in place. Will continue north of the shops soon.

The Parking Management Plan for Island Bay shops has been released. It shows there are easily adequate amounts of parking for cars on The Parade and Island Bay shops, and recommends changing some parking locations from unrestricted to timed to ensure good availability continues.

The town centre build will be progressing in February 2023. Some engagement with Island Bay locals on the town centre design has already begun with an open day held at the Island Bay Community Centre on Saturday.

Balena Bay

Seawall engineering design for the remaining gap in the Tahitai path is ongoing.

Brooklyn Road

Brooklyn Hill proposed permanent designs are still progressing. The lane will be extended up to the Brooklyn shops and at the city end, southbound, the lane will be connected to Victoria from Karo Drive. Public consultation on designs following local body elections later in the year.

Shelly Bay

The Council has 1 year to come up with alternatives to the current plan for the seaside road from the Miramar cutting to Shelly Bay. WCC is working with Tonkin+Taylor to improve on the consented shared path (1.5m) baseline design.

Alex Dyer and Mark Coburn (representing PNP cycling club) both attended two pre-engagement workshops to contribute feedback and perspectives for cycling for consideration by the designer and engineers. There were several other stakeholder groups represented in the workshops who shared their perspectives.

View the slides of Cycle Wellington feedback.

3 options (including the existing ‘baseline’ option) will go out for consultation with the public in the next few weeks. The Council will review the options at the end of June 2022.

We’re going to need a big push to get a great result here, but regardless of what eventuates, we hope to shift the common discourse that projects like this must spend huge amounts of money to "fit in" people walking and cycling. Footpaths and bike lanes don't cost huge amounts of money. Retaining access for (lower priority) general heavy traffic in both directions where space constraints are severe can be.

Recent goings on

Beam and shared eBikes

At this month’s meeting, we were joined by Frederick from Beam. We heard about their aspirations to bring eBikes to Pōneke. They’re already in use in Auckland. We were able to ask questions and have offered to help with their research into how to give the dockless bikes the best chance of working well here.