Wellington Scoop

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

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Cycling advocates’ wishlist for Wellington


  1. Myrlock, 3. May 2013, 19:55

    A lot of Wellington streets are derived from goat tracks up and down hills. It’s hardcore navigating the mountainous terrain on a push bike, tho i know there are lots that do ride the Wellington roads daily.
    Christchurch is flat and the roads are wide. A bicyclist’s paradise. A delight to ride around Christchurch.
    Two different environments. Two different perspectives.

  2. Elaine Hampton, 4. May 2013, 9:04

    Certainly Wellington has steep narrow roads, but the main arterial routes are very suitable for bikes but are a death trap because no allowance is made for them.
    4 lanes = cars
    0 lanes = bikes
    Wellington could do much more than it does with its token bike lanes in gutters suddenly pitching cyclists back into traffic which doesn’t expect them