Ngauranga to Petone: Easy changes, better riding

I asked for more detailed plans of the Ngauranga to Petone cycleway which were outlined in the NZTA documents being used for consultation, but surprisingly, there weren’t any – just a sketch and some grand plans seeking public approval.

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My main frustration with the N2P project is that there are a few immediate changes that NZTA could make to make the ride much safer and more pleasant for all users. The next couple of drawings show some of the changes which aren’t hard to do; and they don’t take away any road, just use the space a little better.

Road Model-now

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The path is about 2m wide and feels really unloved. The pavement is cracked, stones and debris from the road are scattered and weeds grow out of the retaining wall.

One of the embanked corners between Ngauranga and Petone.

Straight away, you can see the metre or so that could easily become a shared path – just raise the path to above road level, and pave to the barrier. Instant extra width and an awesome cycleway:

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Pic needs a bit of work, lol

 

The embanked corners are only part of the upgrades. Talk about entrance from Petone bridge. Talk about clip-on bridge bits. Add pics of bridge, video of ride, old footpath.

 

 

 

 

Island Bay Cycleway Re-Consultation

Four options for a re-modelled Island Bay Cycleway have been drawn-up after almost a year of  consultation with various community groups. Consultation on ‘Love the Bay Cycleway’ ends on August 13

Links to WCC’s consultation can be found below:

Make a Submission (before August 13th)

Consultation page with supporting documents

pdf document with the options outlined and explained 

It will be great to have the Island Bay cycleway is finished so that the next stages of the cycleway can be started; giving the masses closer to town more good and safe options for their daily commute

NZ’s ‘Foremost Transport Economist’ ?

Why is the $1.8b East-West Link is being funded but a $58 million rail project is being ignored despite yielding more value?

Julie Anne Genter’s line of questioning leaves little doubt that idealology is the main driver in funding the 2-billion-dollar road, and Bridges’ ‘answers’ confirm it.

With Maggie Barry looking as smug AF in the background, Bridges tries to hack his way through the argument with distractions and slander. So muddled in old and new reports, costs and benefits, that Bridges begins to claim a transport policy that sounds a lot like the Greens’, and even goes as far as calling Genter NZ’s foremost transport economist, twice!

Check out the full clip on Julie Anne’s Facebook Page (below) or InTheHouse – Bridges quip about NZs transport economist might be on the money.

 

Wellington’s CRL: A reStart

Wellington Station. It’s probably the most glorious and identifiable building in the city, and it’s status is warranted: about 30,000 people travel through it each day – not bad given that the station is on the outskirts of the CBD.

The station sits close the New Zealand’s Parliament and its Governmental Ministries, the 40,000 people working  along Lambton and Featherston Streets, and the supporting shops, bars, schools, and the waterfront. If you work around this area, the train’s just a short walk. But if you work further down Lambton Quay, or in the Courtenay and Cuba end of town, you’ll have a 20-30 minute walk from the train – on a nice day its one of the best; but on a real Wellington day, it leaves you wondering why you left home without a car (or why the train doesn’t go further into the city!).

The concept is easy:

extend the rail line so people get closer to work, making the commuting choice easy

   quickly make trips across the CBD

In particular, the concept provides better transport options for people working at the Courtenay & Cuba end of town.

A number of studies across the decades have been undertaken to extend the passenger rail further into Wellington, though none have gained traction – even light rail has been discounted in favour of a BRT system recently – albeit through a very conservative (and pessimistic) costing model provided by consultants.

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Part of the proposed 1970’s Wellington Underground traveling under Thorndon to Parliament, Lambton and George Stations. The full plan continues to Newtown, Kilbernie and terminates at the Airport

While the proposals might be a hard sell to a society raised on infinite, cheap oil, unquestioned car dependence and toll-free roads, the project would probably make more economic sense than Transmission Gully and any other RoNS motorway project supposed to ‘turn NZ around’.

If the Kapiti expressway can be built through a 17km bog, or if Transmission Gully Road can be built across a fault line, then a couple of rail lines can be extended further over, under or even through the city.

In the next few posts I’ll have a look at some options to see what could work, what’s been done in other cities around the world and how it could add real value to Wellington as a city, province and capital.

Wellington to Hutt Valley Cycling Link – a commuting path?

NZTA have announced their latest round of cycleway consultations for the Wellington to Hutt Valley Cycling link. You can go to the NZTA W2HV webpage to download consultation documents and make submissions. I’m a former Petone to Wellington cycle commuter, and I absolutely love the idea that a decent cycleway could be built between the two cities.

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A “decent” cycleway means that it’s separated from cars, free of obstacles and pedestrians and doesn’t just end abruptly. And it should be rideable all the time. Lets unpack this. Continue reading →

Wellington to Hutt Valley Cycling Link – NZTA Consultation

NZTA have announced their latest round of cycleway consultations for the Wellington to Hutt Valley Cycling link. You can go to the NZTA website to download consultation documents and make submissions, the main document . As a former Petone to Wellington cycle commuter, I absolutely love the idea that a decent cycleway could be built between the two cities, and I strongly encourage you to make a submission before the 31 May closing date!