People who live or travel regularly in Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook are asked to provide feedback on possible bike routes and street changes – feedback that will be used to help plan safe and convenient bike connections in these neighborhoods.
Maps showing three different route packages and possible street changes are available from today's transportprojects.org.nz website.
They cover the area on Dee Street, south to the basin reserve, include a lot of different streets, some off-road connections, different bike options and options for the busiest routes and possible changes on some streets to encourage lower speeds and provide quieter road connections.
This feedback phase, ending Tuesday, December 11, is the second of the three opportunities that the community will have to help shape out what is happening in the wider Newtown area. The final plans will also be influenced by the Let's Wellington Moving project, which looks at wider transport changes for the city.
Mayor Justin Lester says that maps and information on the various paths that can be developed through this area are designed to make people think and speak.
"Nothing is yet at a detailed design stage and no decisions have been made on routes or changes – so it is a very good time to get involved. The more the community we can get at this stage, the better ".
Councilor Sarah Free, the leader of the Walking, Cycling and Public Transport Portfolio, thanked the over 770 people who gave their initial thoughts a few months ago during the first round of community talks on the Newtown Connections project.
"Eighty-five percent said it is important or very important to make it easier and safer for more people to cycle their bikes in and around the wider Newtown area," she says. "Now is the time to work together to develop the best possible plan for how we will do that.
"We want people to look at the routes in question, what is possible, what will deliver the greatest benefits and what would these connections mean for different streets," she says. "The plan that has been developed could be a mix of different packages – so let us know what you think."
Following the first feedback round in June, planners assessed a multitude of possible ways to provide safer cycling routes and connections.
The three packages under discussion are those that align well with the wishes of the community that have taken place in terms of feedback early this year, fit with the Government and Council funding and planning objectives and offer good connections.
Street parking will almost certainly have to be reduced in places to maintain good vehicle flow and to provide enough space to develop safer cycling connections.
Streets where street parking can be reduced in one or more packages are: Adelaide Road, Rintoul Street, Waripori Street (Rintoul Street to the Russell Terrace section), Russell Terrace, Constable Street and Wilson Street (Daniell Street to Riddiford section). Minor parking adjustments are also possible on the Mein, Tasman, Hanson and Stanley streets, which are marked as routes where changes can be made to encourage lower speeds.
Detailed information is available on the Transportprojects.org.nz website and there will be opportunities to talk to people who have worked through this complex planning exercise.
Drop-in sessions will take place at Riddiford 199, near the New World supermarket, on:
– Tuesday, November 20, between 17:30 and 20:00
– Saturday, November 24, between 12 and 15
– Wednesday, 28 November, from 17:30 to 20:00
– Tuesday, December 4, between 17:30 and 20:00.
The Council has agreed to gradually develop a city-connected bicycle network to give people more options as to how they travel, make things safer and help to manage congestion in the context of increasing the population of the city.
Improvements in the South and East and North along the Hutt Road have been prioritized as these are the areas where it is expected to be the most absorption when there are better bridges, paths and paths.
The Council works very closely with the Government Agency and the NZ to ensure that plans developed for this area are consistent with the types of street changes they are willing to see and who want to help finance.
Feedback is required until 17:00, Tuesday, December 11, and can be provided online at transportprojects.org.nz.
There is a computer at Kia Ora Newtown, 6 Constable Street, 10:00 – 15:00, Tuesday to Friday, and the community liaison counselor is happy to help anyone who needs it. Forms of paper will also be available.