Starting to get it right: Island Bay and the South
The Island Bay Cycleway’s influence on Wellington transport thinking, and public discourse, is really significant. (It helped give birth to Talk Wellington!) In an issue space that’s been rife with reckons, civic activation, politicising, good intentions, cockups and conspiracies, it’s an otter relief to know it’s really coming right.
This post originally appeared on Island Bay Cycleway and is reproduced with thanks.
NB: Talk Wellington bears all responsibility for otter puns.
The bad news is that it will mean a further delay of a year before any work starts on The Parade because the upgrade becomes dependent on the Newtown Connections project. However, Wellington City Council are proposing to do remedial work in the meantime which will include removing all the ghost markings and resurfacing the section of The Parade between Dee St and Tamar St.
Councillor Sarah Free says “the key thing is that by delaying significant changes to the Island Bay cycleway until planning in Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook has been completed, we can potentially achieve a better, more coordinated result. It’s always been planned that the Island Bay facilities would form the southern end of a wider southern bike network. We’re now almost at a point where those wider connections can be agreed.”
Although it’s disappointing to be facing yet more delay before the upgrade begins it’s really hard to see how the city council could possibly turn down the possibility of such a substantial offer of funding from NZTA. In fact, it would be financially irresponsible not to integrate the two projects. It’s also great to see NZTA finally recognising the Island Bay Cycleway as being part of a bigger network picture. Props to the current government for creating the policy settings for that to happen.
Read more about the announcement here:
Wellington City Council email sent to stakeholders
Wellington City Council media release
Wellington City Council City Strategy Committee paper Southern Connection Cycleway Development – Funding Opportunities (pages 15-19)
In related news in November Wellington City Council will also be be seeking community feedback on packages of options involving different routes and changes to streets in Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook. Read more about that here.
People-friendly spaces in the South – Berhampore and third places
- Relieved otter: Das Otterhaus / In Otter News
- In-text images: Island Bay Cycleway