If Christchurch can do it, why can’t Wellington commit to cycling?

by Paul Bruce
The Christchurch City Council should be congratulated for listening to the people of Christchurch, and investing in smart, active transport to the tune of $38million over the next 3 years. This level of expenditure is also needed in the Wellington Region so that we can also provide adequate safe cycling paths along the main arterial routes.

The Christchurch City Council has unanimously approved the Christchurch Cycle Design Guidelines, for an extensive network of safe cycleways throughout Christchurch.

Cycling infrastructure is nine times less expensive than car infrastructure, so the business case for walking and cycling is a no brainer.

Yet Wellington is still waiting for NZTA funding for safe cycle/walkway between Petone and the Capital, and Wellington city itself has no segregated safe cycle paths.

Cities all over the world are investing in smart transport solutions; it makes perfect sense that Christchurch would take up this opportunity. Wellington Region should follow suit.

[The Wellington City Council yesterday held a City Cycle Forum. in the Council Chambers.]

Paul Bruce is a Wellington Regional Councillor

Read also:
Cycling advocates’ wishlist for Wellington

 

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