Help make biking safer and easier for more people

This project is part of our programme to develop a connected citywide cycle network so people of all ages and abilities can safely choose to make more trips by bike.

The next stage is to seek feedback on options for possible routes to make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes in Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook. This involves taking a fresh look at how to improve neighbourhood connections and develop safer links to the city.

As well as the people who already cycle, we want families, children learning skills on school bike tracks, and anyone else who would like to be able to go by bike sometimes, to have routes where they feel comfortable riding.

This can only happen by making changes on some streets, so we hope you will work with us to help develop the best possible plan for your wider neighbourhood.

Have your say on the Newtown Connections packages

There are three options - different packages of routes and street changes - that we want feedback on.

Have your say from Tuesday 13 November till 5pm Tuesday 11 December.

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View the packages 

 

Come to a drop-in session

If you have questions, there will be a number of opportunities to talk with the people who have been working through this complex planning exercise.

Come to one of our drop-in sessions at the pop-up shop at 199 Riddiford Street, Newtown (next to the mall):


If you’d like to meet with us

As with the earlier community discussions that happened a few months ago, we will be talking with a wide range of groups and organisations in your community. If you would like us to meet with a group you are involved with, please just email us at transport@wcc.govt.nz and ask.

How we got here

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We heard from more than 770 people during the first phase of community discussion (5 June–17 July) on the Newtown Connections project. Of those, 85% thought it was important or very important to make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes in and around the wider Newtown area. This information was used to develop a community brief which includes a set of community objectives that will help guide the next phase of the project.

There are many potential cycling routes between Wakefield Park and the central city, through Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park or the Basin Reserve.

Previous investigations and discussions over the last few years have shown a huge number of possibilities, each with advantages and disadvantages.

In 2014, a Citizens’ Advisory Panel, and others, began assessing potential cycling facilities in Berhampore and Newtown. In 2017, the Our Town Newtown project also sought feedback on the future of Newtown.

You can read more about the Citizens’ Advisory Panel and other historic work in the issues report.

Next steps

Once routes are determined next year, we will also look at what other changes could be made at the same time in these streets to make them more appealing for people who walk or get on and off buses. We would also be looking at possible ways to better manage parking. This would happen during detailed design, and ahead of a final opportunity to provide feedback on the preferred package - which may be a mix of the different packages under discussion.

We expect this third and final stage of consultation to happen in early 2019. We’ll decide on a preferred option (the routes and broad style of street changes) following the feedback we get from the community between now and mid-December.