July 2023 Newsletter


Calls to action

Submit on the Brooklyn Road transformational design

Closes 5pm, Friday 23 July 2023

Artist's impression of the new Brooklyn Road uphill cycle lane design.

Wellington City Council is currently engaging with the public on the designs for improving the Brooklyn Road route following nearly two years of the transitional implementation being in place.

Cycling on Wellington Waterfront during the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Thursday 20 July - Friday 11 August 2023

During July and August, Wellington will be hosting 9 games as a part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. There will be a lot of people going to the games and socialising before and after. There will be a fan zone area at Shed 6 on the Wellington waterfront and this will likely impact people’s ability to move freely by bike here at times. 

Advice from Greater Wellington Regional Council:

Wellington will host nine FIFA games; we have some advice for cyclists on these game days.

  • Cyclists and scooters should avoid the waterfront from Te Papa to the Stadium from around 3 hours before kick-off.
  • Bus and train fares are included in FIFA game tickets. Expect trains and buses to be busy before and after games.
  • If you are travelling to the Fanzone, Wellington City Council will have temporary bike parking available on the waterfront. Consider travelling to the Fanzone and walking from there rather than riding to the stadium.

Game times:

  • 7:30pm, Friday 21 July - Spain v Costa Rica
  • 5pm, Sunday 23 July - Sweden v South Africa
  • 5:30pm, Tuesday 25 July - New Zealand v Philippines
  • 1pm, Thursday 27 July - USA v Netherlands
  • 7:30PM, Saturday 29 July - Sweden v Italy
  • 7pm, Monday 31 July - Japan v Spain
  • 7pm, Wednesday 2 August - South Africa v Italy
  • 8pm, Saturday 5 August - 1C v 2A
  • 1pm, Friday 11 August - Quarter Final

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Unfortunately, there appears to be no new provision for people on bikes to continue getting across town safely during this event. Our advice:

  • Please consider using other routes than this section of the waterfront during game times of the tournament.
  • If you really need to travel via the waterfront by bike, please go extra slow and dismount and walk your bike if there are a lot of people around.
  • Email your Councillor to let them know that sidelining of bikes like this is an unsustainable arrangement that does not reflect the recent efforts that council has been putting in to making biking a more accessible and attractive mobility option. Tell them that they could push for the Let's Get Welly Moving programme to deliver Quays Please.

Add your business to the Cycling Works campaign

Ask your employer to stand up for your right to a safe cycling route to work. Have a look through the statements in support from these excellent cycling leaders:

Logos of businesses that have signed up in support of better cycling in Wellington.


Upcoming bikeness

Long Ride Home

2nd - 5th August 2023

Tapere Iti Theatre, Te Auaha (1 Dixon Street)

Theatre poster.

This August, actors Dylan Hutton and Anna Barker are about to be pushed to their emotional and physical limits in Long Ride Home, a play performed entirely on bicycles. Never has there been an intersection of the arts and cycling quite like this.

In this new Pōneke drama, two estranged siblings attempt to reconnect and quickly discover how annoying they still find one another. As they push their way through the extraneous nonsense of family drama, they find themselves falling into a divide stretched exponentially wider by their years apart. Cycling to a mutual friends party, the brother and sister question what it means to be part of a family, and what they mean to each other. Is their relationship worth saving, or do they even have a choice?

Playwright Jack Mcgee (2023 winner of Playmarket’s Playwrights b425 Award) is back with his most recent work: Long Ride Home. Grab your bike and book your tickets online now.

Brought to you by Wellington City Council and Switched On Bikes.

Picnics in Parks

11am - 12:30pm weekly on Fridays

Changing locations

Every Friday (weather allowing) 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 1 August 2023

Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane and online.


Project updates

Wellington City Council

Speed Management Plan withdrawn

Due to a technical error, the recent speed management plan consultation has been withdrawn. Council will be considering next steps for this work during August.

Bike Network transitional projects

Newtown to City

Implementation of the transitional design is nearly complete. Teams are working hard to get the route operational before the football games begin next week. Once it is open, please take extra care negotiating the new signals configuration at the Courtenay / Kent / Cambridge / Majoribanks intersection. People on bikes will get a dedicated signal phase to cross in both directions.

Also be aware of the difference of turning right out of Courtenay Place if you want to use the new bike lane heading south. Position yourself in the right-most lane to to be able to turn into the bike lane that is accessible on the right-hand side of Kent Terrace.

Upcoming consultations later in the year:
  • Miramar Connections
  • Botanics to Karori
  • Newtown to Berhampore
Bike Boxes

Pouaka Pahikara bike box being installed in Kilbirnie.

New bike parking boxes have been installed at Kilbirnie pool and at Oriental Bay beside Freyberg pool. Asphalt ramps at the front of the units will be installed soon to make rolling bikes on and off easier.

Recent goings on


Cycle Wellington is delighted to see that Wellington City Council recommitted to progressing the Let’s Get Wellington Moving Golden Mile and Thorndon Quay Hutt Road projects.  We’re looking forward to seeing some more work on the ground later this year.


Cycle Wellington videos!

Thanks to help from our supporters, Cycle Wellington has been able to produce some more videos to help get our messages out there. Check some of them out: