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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 →
Awesome to see work beginning on one of the worst sections to the daily cycle commute into Wellington, from Ngauranga. Getting rid of the poles is a fantastic start, and it’ll be great to see the project link up with the Thorndon Quay and Ngauranga sections of the cycleway.
The full story from Wellington City Council is here.
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!
Probably the biggest choke point on the Hutt Valley train line is between at Upper Hutt and Trentham, where commuter trains leaving Upper Hutt have to negotiate a stretch of single-track between the two stations. Continue reading →