March 2023 Newsletter


Calls to action

Thorndon Connections and Kilbirnie Connections

Consultations close: 5pm Monday 27 March

Have your say on the transitional bike network plans for Kilbirnie and Thorndon. We think they are pretty good, and need to be delivered with some small changes. Check out the CW quick submit guide for both projects.

More ways to find out about Kilbirnie Connections:

Kilbirnie drop in session

3:30pm - 6pm Wednesday 15 March

Ākau Tangi Sports Centre

Kilbirnie webinar

7:30pm Tuesday 14 March

On Zoom

Add your business to the Cycling Works campaign

CYcling Works logo

Wellington City Council have committed to create Paneke Pōneke - a connected bike network across the city. The plan is excellent but it is already being challenged by some for reallocating public road space.

Without your employer’s support there is a real possibility that naysayers will delay safe cycling climate action in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Ask your employer to stand up for your right to a safe cycling route to work.

Statements in support from business leaders (preferably a Managing Director or CEO) are needed about why your company supports the new cycling network plan.


Upcoming bikeness

Newtown Open Studios - Tour de Studios

12:30pm Saturday 11 March

Meet at Newtown Library

Come along and meet Newtown artists in their studios by bike and purchase their works. Free entry. Brought to you by Frocks on Bikes and Different Spokes Pōneke.

Bike Rave - E.T. Rave Home

8pm Saturday 11 March

Top of Mt Victoria (or 8:30pm at Freyberg Beach)

Go By Bike Day

7 - 9am 14 March 2023

Under the sails at Queen’s Wharf

Go By Bike Day is back for 2023! Head along to Queen’s Wharf under the sails for a free breakfast, giveaways, activities and more. This event will also mark the opening of the Botanics ki Paekākā to city transitional route. We hope you can make it along.

Wellington City Council organisers would appreciate some volunteers to serve breakfast and set up / pack down on the day. Please email [email protected] if you can help.

Ara Tawa Whānau Cycle Ride

10am Sunday 19 March

Tawa Skate Park

Come for a family ride, picnic and games in Tawa in collaboration with Women in Urbanism.

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 4 April 2023

Upstairs at Bicycle Junction, 1 Marion Street, and online


Project updates

Wellington City Council

Bike Network transitional projects

  • WCC are eager to hear any engagement ideas from Cycle Wellington supporters for holding along the Botanics to City route during the feedback period (mid-march - mid April). Please email [email protected] with suggestions.
  • Enabling works for the Newtown - City route are continuing though March with the bike lane along Kent Terrace then going in through April.
  • Newtown Bus lanes enforcement will involve automated camera enforcement but no date on when these will be online
  • There is a small bike shoulder trial on Raroa Road as part of the Aro project. The jury is still out on how / if these will improve conditions. Please remain constructive in your feedback. There is a chance in the process they are running to change up what is done.

Bike parking and share bikes

  • The public share ebikes trial has launched - Beam and Flamigo with 50 e-bikes each so far. The number of bikes will increase periodically.
  • There are still 5 bike corrals to go in
  • Road marking paint treatment still to come and then the sheffield stands will go in
  • The trial is aimed at testing how well they work for Wellingtonians and if they are favourable, the providers can apply for up to 5 year licence contract after trial ends in 2024
  • The bike corrals going in will be enforceable. Infringements will be less likely once the shefields are added. People can call the council if you want to report anything that needs attention ( 04 499 4444 ).

Evans Bay gap (Balena & Karaka Bays)

  • Materials and consents being attained by contractors.
  • Wildlife management plan being worked on.
  • Some car parking concerns were recently resolved with residents near Weka Bay pedestrian steps.

Recent goings on

Stuff parklet installation by bike

Cycle Wellington volunteers helped out our Co-Chair Alex Dyer last weekend to transport and install a parklet and bike parking out the front of where he works at Thanks very much to everyone who pitched in for this. With your help, we managed to get this all in place and assembled without the use of any double cab utes!

Special thanks to Bicycle Junction for the loan of their e-bike and trailer, and to Richard Hovey for the loan of some of his great bike racks for this.

Family Cargo Bike Picnic

Thanks again to Bicycle Junction for a great family cargobike ride around the Miramar Peninsula. Wonderful bikes, great company, excellent food, happy kids, and a picturesque place.