Wellington is rubbish for cycling

31 05 2010

From the Dominion Post today – ‘Wellington falls behind in cycle safety.’

It’s hardly news of course, but the Wellington to Hutt route is to be a little safer with a new morning clearway on Thorndon Quay. That should attract thousands of new cyclists from the Hutt on their morning commutes who when riding down the side of the Hutt Road with 100km/hr trucks whizzing by them, over their shoulders, will say to themselves, “just another couple of km and I’ll be safe due to the new clearway on Thorndon Quay”.

As a Mangatainoka wonk once said, “yeah right”.

Here’s the reality: Danger, Danger Will Robinson.

In reality those Mercer quality of life city rankings that those economic magazines and accounting firms love producing every year ranked Wellington quite highly (at 12th) last week. Maybe they only interview business class travellers hoeing into the mini-bar. They certainly don’t ask cyclists, or all the people who would be cyclists if the cycling infrastructure actually was safe.

C’mon PM John your Great Rides idea for the National Cycleway is missing the bigger picture. We need to make our cities and towns more amenable to cycling too. Cape Reinga to Bluff also involves Wellington to Porirua.

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27 12 2010
The Kaiwharawhara Shambles « Wellington Region Cycleways

[…] for cyclists the Hutt Road is between Ngauranga and Petone, which I have done before here and here. I’m talking about these bits in Kaiwharawhara where the bike path is on the footpath between […]

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