Off to a good fresh start: Newtown Connections
Wellington City Council has stayed committed to improving cycling on our city streets. Why, when it’s been a real fight?
Because getting more ordinary people cycling addresses a range of important issues, such as the need to meet our low-carbon commitments, improving traffic flow and safety, and supporting healthy communities.Learning from Island Bay and elsewhere, the Council is now creating a plan for making Mt Cook, Newtown and Berhampore easier to bike around. Last week an initial six-week engagement closed – a new approach which looked much better.
So how did it go?
WCC had received 738 online responses by Tuesday afternoon, plus an unknown number of hard copies. I can’t think of any similar community engagement that has received so many responses. Full credit to WCC for an active engagement process.It appears a wide range of people have had their say, judging from the age split. It’s particularly encouraging to see that one in eleven people responding were aged under 19.
Screen-grab of feedback results on the last day
- better public spaces
- he need to preserve and enhance the character of Riddiford St
- safer traffic speeds in line with other Wellington suburbs
- fix parking (whatever that means)
- provide children the opportunity to get around under their own steam
- support local businesses– cater to population growth
- address rat running.
- Did you give your views on in this early engagement?
- What did you think – has WCC learned?
Image credits: WCC