May 2023 Newsletter

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Calls to action

Join Cycle Wellington at Council vote

From 9:30am Thursday 11 May

WCC will decide on the Kilbirnie and Thorndon Connections Bike Network transitional projects this Thursday. Thanks to everyone who made a submission. Please join Cycle Wellington in person as Councillors discuss and vote. Having people in the room helps to get a good result.

Let’s Get Wellington Moving consultations package

LGWM is currently engaging with the public on four projects that provide potential to improve conditions for people riding bikes in Pōneke.

There's a lot to like in these projects, but also a high variability of quality. Lets Get Wellington Moving are comprised of different teams and project managers working in different ways that we have seen Wellington City Council working lately. We need to be vigilant to see good outcomes with these as they are also not working through the transitional / transformative approach.

Cycle Wellington has prepared submission guides for all four that you can access below to help you have your say.

Submissions for all four close: Midnight, Tuesday 23 May

Golden Mile traffic resolutions

Refer to the Cycle Wellington submission guide.

Featherston Street and southwest Te Aro survey

Map of project scope.

Refer to the Cycle Wellington submission guide.

John Street to Taranaki Street survey

Map of project scope.

Refer to the Cycle Wellington submission guide.

Miramar to City Connection survey

Map of project scope.

Refer to the Cycle Wellington submission guide.

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

CAN Board meetup ride

1pm Saturday 13 May

Meet at Bicycle Junction, Marion Street.

The Board of Cycling Action Network are meeting in person in Wellington and will be exploring the progress of cycling infrastructure projects around Pōneke, by bike of course.


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 6 June 2023

Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane and online.


Project updates

Wellington City Council

Bike Network transitional projects

The upcoming Regulatory Processes Committee 11 May meeting will see councillors vote on adopting officers recommendations for the Kilbirnie & Thorndon Connections projects.

Newtown to City

Kent Terrace bike lane implementation delay due to ongoing contractor shortage and bad weather. There is a new contractor model coming soon that should result in greater security of contractor supply for bike network projects. 

Ngaio Connection

Ngaio Gorge retention work finish awaited before cycle project build starts

Aro Valley

Transitional ‘Stage 1’ construction has begun, so look out for stuff happening.

Transformational projects

The daunting intersection in Kilbirnie, - unaffectionately known as: “KFC corner” will see construction start imminently. This project is separate to but complementary to the transitional bike network project in Kilbirnie.

Evans Bay Gap

The Evans Bay gap build has started at Weka Bay. Read more on the Wellington City Council press release.


Recent goings on

Dutch Week - Orange Bike Ride

Thanks to the Embassy of The Netherlands in New Zealand for hosting a series rides around Aotearoa for Dutch Week. About 75 people enjoyed a gentle waterfront ride on a perfect Wellington day.