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Safer cycling in Newtown – plan to develop new options

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council will soon be starting work with the Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook communities to develop options for safer biking routes. These will be part of the southern connection between Island Bay and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park or the Basin Reserve.

In late May and early June, we will be meeting with organisations, stakeholders and members of the local community to review the previous recommendations, discuss any changes since this work was done in 2014, and identify other factors that need to be considered.

The wider community will also have an opportunity to provide information on how they get around, what’s working and what’s not, what they value most about these suburbs, and anything else people would like us to take into account during the planning process.

We’ll be asking people who live, or have an interest in the wider Newtown area to share their views as we start taking a fresh look at how to make getting places by bike in Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook easier and safer. This first stage of engagement will be open for six weeks to allow plenty of time for feedback, and we will be reaching out to community groups, schools, and other interested organisations to ensure we hear from a diverse range of people.

The feedback will be given to the design team to help them narrow down the options into a short list for public consultation in late 2018.

If your organisation would like to meet with Council staff, please email us at transport@wcc.govt.nz

Improvements to bike routes in the southern suburbs will give people better choices for how they travel in their neighbourhoods and to the central city.


  1. luke, 22. May 2018, 13:39

    uprgade the path from Dee St thru Wakefield Park and put a path in thru Macallister Park to Hanson St. Then remove one building between Douglas St and Belfast St. That gives a quiet streets cycleroute all the way to the existing island bay cycleway.

  2. Andy Foster, 22. May 2018, 15:59

    Hi Luke – that was one of the proposed route options when we were initially thinking about it 3-4 years ago.

  3. greenwelly, 22. May 2018, 16:53

    @Andy, and what about currently? Is it still on the table with this current consultation….

  4. Joel, 23. May 2018, 10:05

    I’m not sure that a quite route through the hills is the way to go. Priority needs to be on maximising cycling uptake (this is a WCC goal).

    To achieve that goal, the route needs to have a low gradient to make it attractive for beginners and easy for casual cyclists in normal clothes. Going through MacAlister Park is too high up and would make parts of the route too steep.

    The route also needs to maximise catchment. It needs to go close to places where people live, work, and play. Isn’t that the goal of every transport project? A route that goes through or near Riddiford Street in Newtown is a must!