Love riding your bike?


Love riding your bike? There are plenty of initiatives in Wellington and around New Zealand that promote pedal power!

One such initiative is Go By Bike Day. This annual event encourages everyone, young and old, to ride bicycles. It also promotes the benefits of bike riding.  Yummy free breakfasts (for the bikers!) are often provided as part of this event.

Check out their awesome video of the 2015 Go By Bike Day held recently in Wellington.

Frocks On Bikes is a movement that aims to encourage more women to take up cycling. There’s no pressure to wear lycra as it's not about the speed! Did you know Frocks on Bikes originated in Wellington? They often have days where you can cycle stylishly and casually around the bays. Keep an eye on their website for more info.

Wellington City Council wants to make Wellington a bike friendly city. The council is committed to creating new cycleways, and to upgrade existing cycleways to parking protected kerbside cycle lanes. A feasibility study commissioned by the Wellington City Council found that Island Bay is the most efficient route, and The Parade is the most practical location. The study revealed that a safer bicycle infrastructure would triple the number of cyclists during peak travel time, the flow on effect being less traffic congestion. Once this first stage of the cycleway is established, other destinations along the Southern corridor can be connected.
The cycleway has been a contentious issue, as not everyone supports the proposed changes.
Some councillors have questioned the rationale as to why the cycleway should commence at Island Bay, as opposed to other locations closer to the city centre.
The first round of community consultation closed in May 2014, with the majority of respondents in support of parking protected kerbside cycle lanes.
A second round of consultation began in September 2014, and resulted in some minor changes to the proposed cycleway. 
A third round of consultation, surrounding the legalities required to alter parking spaces & bus stops, took place in December 2014.
As at February 2015, The Transport and Urban Development Committee have passed the proposal onto the full council to consider, as the committee does not have the authority to make the legal changes recommended.
A cycling strategy master plan is now being developed in order for councillors to understand the wider picture. The draft strategy will be considered for approval at a council meeting to be held at the end of April 2015. Once the wider draft cycling strategy is approved in May, councillors will then consider the current Island Bay proposal.  Acceptance of the proposal will mean the work on the Island Bay Cycleway can begin shortly thereafter. 

Watch this space next week for more Wellington cycling stories and some inspiring ideas from overseas!