Dear Brooklyn: pop-up goodness
Five temporary projects are proposed in Wellington for safer movement while social distancing suppresses bus capacity. Brooklyn local Sam Donald writes to his fellow Brooklynites…
Are you perhaps a regular or occasional cyclist? Or maybe a new lockdown-quiet-road-cyclist?
Perhaps you have members of your family and/or friends who are or may one day want to be cyclists, and you want to ensure their safety out there?
Or maybe you just recognise the planet’s need for some changes in our transport behaviour?
Did you know that there is a pop-up rori iti / cycle lane proposed for Brooklyn Rd as part of the COVID-19 recovery planning?
The primary intention is to provide a safe, climate friendly and congestion-free alternative to buses running at 30% capacity due to social distancing requirements by making it safer and more inviting to cycle up Brooklyn Rd.
Even under normal conditions, our buses are often over capacity and Wellington’s roads are often congested: a lot of the traffic on this route is heavy vehicles heading to the three landfill sites – not an ideal mix sharing a lane with little people on little bikes!
This cycle lane isn’t designed yet and I’m hopeful that the community will have some influence in the design process and some involvement in the detailed design from mid June (assuming it gets Council approval to proceed on 11th June).
Many locals have put a lot of thought into how this could work best for all users. It would be great if it could be extended to address safety concerns to its North and South, to make it safer to cross the road as a pedestrian and perhaps to still allow very slow trucks to be overtaken at some point on the ascent.
Trialing these things collaboratively with the community must surely be smarter than jumping straight to a predetermined solution, don’t you think?
If you support this project (or not!), it would be great if you could make a submission on the WCC website. Perhaps encourage your kids who would like to be able to bike to high school safely to submit too. You may wish to pass it on to anyone you know that would like to support safer cycling in and around our fine city.
- The WCC Traffic Resolution can be found here and feedback can me made directly here
- GBRAI (Greater Brooklyn Residents Association Inc.) have hand delivered a survey to local letterboxes over the weekend. You can also complete that same survey online here
- At A2B (Active to Brooklyn), we have created an aide to submissions with a bunch of pre-prepared comments that you can copy and paste from either to create a letter / email to WCC, to copy into the WCC response form. You can download it as a .docx and as a .pdf here
Talk Wellington Editor adds:
You’d think no-one could oppose making it temporarily safer for people to move around our city on foot and by bike, but whaddayaknow, rumblings are already happening. Apparently people would rather not take the risk of finding out whether a good temporary thing is actually really good…
So go on Wellington, you know what to do.
Use the excellent A2B resource above, or if you’re in a hurry you could say: “Please let us have a brief try, a taster, to see what a few streets are like with a little more space for people, designed and adapted with communities.”
Tactical urbanism (the techniques we hope WCC are using on these projects)
- Brooklyn Road: Sam Donald
- Kids sucking lollipops: Tara Roberts, on Inland360.com