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Island Bay cycleway vote deferred till masterplan is developed in April

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has deferred next week’s scheduled Council vote on the Island Bay to City cycleway while the cycling masterplan is being developed in more detail.

“A full programme and strategy for cycling projects is in development for April,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.

“This allows for a decision making process where councillors can make judgements according to the cycling master plan.

“Accessing the NZTA Urban Cycleways Fund requires a stronger consensus on a master plan and specific routes.”

The Mayor said that in light of the Council’s decision to give consideration to a master/strategic cycling plan for Wellington in April, she has deferred the traffic resolutions report scheduled for the 25 February Council meeting.

A workshop to consider the draft master/strategic cycling plan will be scheduled prior to recommendations being finalised for the Council.

The Transport and Urban Development Committee recommended on 5 February that the Island Bay cycleway traffic resolutions be considered at full Council. The traffic resolutions will now be heard at the end of April. Locals, cycling advocates and national bodies agree that more work on some details is necessary.

News release from Cr Nicola Young
The Mayor’s decision to delay delivery of the Island Bay cycleway until work is complete on Wellington’s cycling master plan is a victory for common sense, says
Councillor Nicola Young (Lambton).

“I’ve been campaigning since June for the Council to draw up a master plan before spending millions of ratepayers’ money; I want safer segregated cycleways, but ratepayers expect a properly costed plan based on hard data. The Island Bay cycleway was putting the cart before the horse, and Wellington’s lack of a master plan also meant we missed out on the first round of central government/ NZTA funding.

“The ad hoc delivery of the Island Bay cycleway was damaging cycling’s perception with many ratepayers, so the focus on a city-wide master plan puts the future of Wellington’s cycleways on a stronger footing. I’m delighted the Mayor now agrees with the majority of councillors, including Cr. Paul Eagle (whose Southern Ward includes the Island Bay cycleway) with whom I have campaigned against the Island Bay cycleway.

“In the meantime, I’m pushing the council for some quick but important wins for cyclists – more locking points across the CBD and on the waterfront, for starters.”