Botanics to City submission guide

Would you like bike paths between the waterfront and the Botanic Gardens ki Paekākā? Wellington City Council want to hear from you about the designs up for consultation.

Please have your say before 5pm Tuesday 26th July 2022.

The design is still configured using the transitional approach - where feedback will continue to be gathered following its installation to be used for subsequent ‘transformational’ work that will result in more permanent infrastructure.

What you could say

I strongly support this plan.

Everyone in our community deserves safe and attractive streets. Bike lanes are climate action.

I am grateful for the effort of Council to accelerate work on this infrastructure.

I strongly support the repurposing of street space as much as possible as infrastructure to enable the public to choose to travel by public transport and active transport.

This project is again trying to achieve improvements for buses and people on bikes. I am skeptical about how successful sharing an unprotected lane with buses will be for people cycling.

I would prefer protected bike lanes on both sides of Bowen St. Many people don't like sharing bus lanes, especially less confident riders.

How will these designs ensure anyone (between the ages of 8 and 80 years) wanting to cycle where buses may also travelling, will be safe and feel comfortable and unhurried?

What steps is the Council taking to ensure people in private vehicles don't drive in the bus / bike lane? Enforcement of this behaviour elsewhere is proving to be ineffective.

I would prefer that bus / cycle space on Tinakori Road are accessible at all times. People travelling by bike and bus don't just travel in peak hours. Off-peak car parking in public or active transport space is counter to the Council's own Parking Policy 2020.

If Tinakori Road is considered a 'Key Transport Route', this means this space must prioritise: "Safe and efficient movement of people and goods (footpaths, bus lanes, cycleways, no stopping zones/clearways, construction and maintenance works)". Short stay car parking and loading zones are a low priority for a section such as this.

Treating active and public transport lanes as ‘peak hour’ concerns is an out-dated strategy that needs to change. Travel patterns and mobility priorities are changing in response to the pandemic, climate change, and growing awareness of the needs of groups other than 9-5 commuting workers. We need infrastructure that prioritises people's journeys - local and cross-city - that are made without the use of a private car at all times of the day.

If you have time: add a personal story why you would like to ride (bus or bike) more often, and what barriers you or your family face in choosing to do this.