September 2023 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou -

Calls to action

SIGN THE PETITION for Quays Please

Closes 12 October 2023

Quays Please.

We have set up a petition on the WCC website to support our Quays Please campaign. Please add your name and share to all your whānau to sign too.

Submit on the Newtown to Berhampore Consultation

Closes 5pm, Sunday 8 October 2023

Artist's impression of the new treatment at Luxford Street.

Do you want bike lanes in Berhampore and Newtown? Please make a submission!

This project will bring long awaited improvements for people walking, biking, and taking the bus, and will connect the 6.3km safer biking route between the south coast and the waterfront.

Wellington City Council are also consulting on a new-style parking scheme for Newtown and Berhampore. This is the first of what will be a range of new schemes to better reflect the parking policy across Wellington suburbs.

Submit on the Karori Connections consultation

Closes 5pm Monday 8 October 2023

Artist's impression of a part of the new treatment on Karori Road.

Wellington City Council are also consulting on changes on some streets from the Botanic Gardens through Karori for people walking, cycling, scootering and using buses. 

Karori Connections is the Karori section of Wellington's bike network rollout. As well as improvements for people on bikes, we’re also planning to make journeys for pedestrians and bus passengers safer and easier too.

Watch out for a Cycle Wellington submission guide coming soon.

Better Bike Park Survey

Survey illustration

Greater Wellington Regional Council are assessing the impact our Better Bike Park stickers have had on improving bike security and reducing thefts. Please fill in this short survey with your feedback.

Call for presenters 2WalkandCycle Conference 2024

Monday and Tuesday, 18, 19 March 2024

Tākina Convention Centre

The next national walking and cycling conference will be in Wellington at the new Tākina Convention Centre. 2WALKandCYCLE is New Zealand’s premier forum for sharing best practice in promoting walking and cycling.

Do you or someone you know have a message to share about making Aotearoa a great place for walking and cycling? The theme is “People Power: the path to low carbon transport”. Speakers are invited to present on any of the following sub-themes:

  • Behaviour change
  • Equity and inclusivity
  • Hearts and minds: culture change
  • Innovation design and delivery
  • Leadership and change
  • Normalising walking and cycling
  • Taking communities on the journey

Vote Bike this election!

I bike, I vote!

There are several things you can do to help ensure we get a government that prioritises healthy streets, and safer conditions for cycling.

Other suggested actions:

  • Follow the Vote Climate campaign
  • Talk to others about why you think making Aotearoa safer and more appealing for riding bikes is important. What do you love about it? What could be better? What’s stopping you?
  • Encourage others to ensure they get out and vote.
  • Donate or volunteer to your preferred candidate and party.
  • Vote! Election Day is 14 October 2023, advance voting starts on 2 October 2023.

Cycling Action Network has published some more advice on their website.

ReBicycle Container re-home

Here's a unique way you could help our friends at EkeRua ReBicycle if you know of some space available over the next few months 👀 >>

A view of the Ekerua Rebicycle site at South Welington Intermediate School in Newtown.

EkeRua ReBicycle is a charity supporting people in Pōneke to have better access to safe, working bikes.

Due to high demand for bikes, we will soon be doubling the capacity of our workshop with a second 40 foot container. As we currently share our site at South Wellington Intermediate School with a construction company, we cannot take up any more of the space.

So, we need somewhere to store our smaller 20 foot container until we have full use of the site in mid-2024. If you know of anywhere that could work (ideally in or near Newtown), please get in touch: [email protected]


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

Get ready to Roll! Route launch of Newtown to City

11am - 3pm Sunday 24 September 2023

Basin Reserve

Come celebrate the completion of this new route! Join WCC for fun and festivities at the Basin Reserve.  Activities include:

  • E-bikes and bikes available to give it a go
  • Fun family friendly activities
  • Free food and drinks available, as well as food trucks
  • find out more about the wider bike network plan.

The ability to contribute your feedback will start after the official opening.

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 Annual General Meeting

6pm Tuesday 3 October 2023

Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane, and online.

Next month CW will hold our 2022 Annual General Meeting. All supporters are welcome to attend. Along with regular agenda items, during the AGM we will hold:

  • A year in review report
  • A review of our finances
  • Nominations, voting, and appointments of committee Officers & Chair/s

Please consider standing for becoming a Cycle Wellington Officer! To put your name forward, please email us at [email protected] before end of Monday 2 October 2023

Project updates

Wellington City Council

A briefing on cycling work given to WCC councillors recently featured Claire Pascoe with an account of their team having attended a gathering of award winners as a part of the BICI programme. Also making a presentation was Skye Duncan, Executive Director, Global Designing Cities Initiative who are behind the award.

You can view the slide deck Claire used here.

Newtown to City

It’s open! Go have a try!

Kilbirnie Connections

Construction has started!

Transformational Projects

Looking at how to integrate bike parking into the Golden Mile designs.

Behaviour Change team

Bike Space visitors have doubled compared to August last year.

Anyone can book Bike Space for local events around the city.

Working with Google to enhance their maps information to better reflect cycling routes across the city, especially as changes take place.

Work is progressing on a new messaging campaign. Feedback has been sought from stakeholders, including Cycle Wellington.

Let’s Get Wellington Moving

LGWM has prepared an update of activities for September. If you're not signed up to their newsletter, you can access it here. Includes:

  • Golden Mile in construction from late September 
  • City Streets underway with initial works 
  • Work starts on Thorndon Quay
  • Perceptions of safety on the Golden Mile 
  • Articulated buses trial
  • And more…

Recent goings on

Funding the future of transport

Check out a new article by our Co-Chair, Alex Dyer, on what could help when changing how we fund transport in Aotearoa.

Shelly Bay Development

The development at Shelly Bay has been cancelled and the site has been bought by Sir Peter Jackson and Dame Fran Walsh. We’re not sure what this might mean for people on bikes, but are watching with interest.

Bike trip counting

August bike counter data shows a 90 % increase of people travelling through the Basin Reserve compared to this time last year! Epic people! Keep pedalling!

Graph showing a doubling of cycling journeys through the Basin from a year ago.