There just aren’t enough bicycle lockers in Wellington

27 08 2013

You may be familiar with the style of bike locker that is used across the Wellington rail system.

They are double ended, with a plywood divider diagonally across each block, hence what looks like 6 lockers can actually store 12 bikes. You can apply to hire one on a long term basis and here is the info of how to do it.
Bike Lockers
But what might surprise you is how very few there actually are. Most stations don’t have any. There might be another style of bike racks, but you’d be pretty brave to lock up any nice bicycles for a whole day on one of the mushroom style racks.

Bike Racks

Here’s a list of how many bike lockers there are in Wellington at each train station by line:

Crofton Downs – zero
Ngaio – zero
Awarua Street – zero
Simla Crescent – zero
Box Hill – zero
Khandallah- zero
Raroa- zero
Johnsonville- zero
Total Johnsonville Line — zero

Takapu Road- zero
Redwood- zero
Tawa- zero
Linden- zero
Kenepuru- zero
Porirua -4
Paremata- zero
Mana- zero
Plimmerton – 4
Pukerua Bay- zero
Paekakariki – 4
Paraparaumu -24
Waikanae- zero
Total Kapiti Line – 36

Otaki – 4
Levin – zero
Shannon – zero
Palmerston North – zero
Total Capital Connection (beyond Paraparaumu) – 4

Petone- 8
Western Hutt- zero
Melling – 4
Ava- zero
Woburn- zero
Waterloo -22
Epuni- zero
Naenae- zero
Wingate- zero
Taita- zero
Pomare- zero
Manor Park- zero
Silverstream- zero
Heretaunga- zero
Trentham – 4
Wallaceville – 4
Upper Hutt – 26
Total Melling and Hutt Valley Line – 68

Maymorn- zero
Featherston- zero
Woodside- zero
Matarawa- zero
Carterton- zero
Solway- zero
Renall Street- zero
Masterton- zero

Total Wairarapa Line (beyond Upper Hutt) – zero

And Wellington Station has 12.

That is a total of 120 bicycle lockers across the whole of the Wellington Region. Or there is 1 bicycle locker for every 3330 people. That’s not very many especially since for many years people (and councils) have been talking about integrated transport policies, and you think the words may have translated into some kind of action. How many years have transport planners been talking about the last mile problem?

There is a particular shortage of them at Wellington Station, where perhaps they would be the most useful to add them. A lot of people would love to keep a bike at the station, especially since there isn’t any bike share in Wellington.

There’s plenty of car parks around the station that could be given over to bike lockers or if that’s a bridge too far then there’s plenty of room on the Cake Tin concourse to have many bike lockers installed. There’s probably demand for a couple hundred lockers. 12 is definitely way too few.

Taking myself as an example I’d keep a bike (and helmet) in town and like many others I’d pay for the privilege to do so. Presently sometimes I bring my bike on the train (but it’s a hassle). Sometimes I bring my foldable kick scooter (but it’s a hassle too). Sometimes I walk on from the station (but it’s too slow), sometimes I’ll get on a bus (and that’s even slower), and sometimes I drive into town (and add to the congestion). But having a bike in town means my preferred way of getting to work would be by train and then I’d ride my bike onwards along the waterfront or down Featherston St.

And just about every station in the region would have the demand for a few more than they’ve already got.

It’s probably time for the GWRC to add many more bike lockers across the network. Really Porirua only has 4 !!!!

Post a comment if there is a station you’d use a locker at.

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Wellington transport video

16 11 2012

STL Transit has turned their attention to Welly, from the first bus from Upper Hutt to the last bus going back to Eastbourne. You can even see the Seatoun Ferry if you don’t blink.





Please help the NZTA with understanding Petone to Ngauranga

9 07 2012

I can’t quite believe that they really need to ask, when the obvious solution is a separated waterfront cycle path and walkway on the east side of the railway line, but the NZTA is looking for feedback at this Survey Monkey address for what the Petone to Ngauranga cycle link should be.

Design it around safety, and noise and make it pleasant – and the answer is obvious – a seaside walkway/cycle path of at least 5 metres width and fully paved and regularly swept.

It is really late in the day for the NZTA to be asking- the Wellington City Council knows what it wants and has for a long time.

And it is no good stopping at Ngauranga, as it should go on through Kaiwharawhara (avoiding the current shambles), across the Cake Tin concourse and to the Waterfront.

It’d also be a mighty fine idea to link it to the Ngaio Gorge cycleway.

To quote the below average commenters on any Dom Post story about Transmission Gully, just get on and build it already (The Great Harbour Way, that is, not Transmission Gully)

Go on do the survey, and help the NZTA understand.





It didn’t take long.

7 03 2012

From the Wairarapa News the Rimutaka Incline Stupid Railroad plan is to be resubmitted.





Wellington Region Updates

15 02 2012

I updated my post on a Days Bay to Wainuiomata gondola by tramping the route and taking some nice photos

and …

The Rimutaka Rail Trail is no longer under threat. The group behind it have withdrawn their submission to the GWRC. It’s back to the drawing board for them, and I hope they come up with some plan to play trains which adds to Wellington rather than stuffing up a loved cycleway. They were definitely worthy of our scorn at the time.

Thanks to all the people and organisations who stood up for the users of the rail trail. We won.

Except … on the Trust’s website – it seems it is only a tactical retreat.

Application to Greater Wellington withdrawn

After careful consideration of our position, the Trust has withdrawn its current application to Greater Wellington Regional Council for a concession to reinstate the former railway route from Maymorn to Summit.

The Trust now has a much clearer picture of the work to be done to rebuild the former railway route. We thank all parties who have submitted and particpated in this process – we will review the information carefully and explore changes that might be made to improve and enhance the heritage railway proposal.

WTF???

“The Trust now has a much clearer picture of the work to be done to rebuild the former railway route.” This really pisses me off. They don’t get it. Nobody wants the cycleway stuffed up. The former railway route is now a cycleway. Get your grubby mitts off our cycleway.

 





There is still time to make a submission against the proposal to destroy the Rimutaka Rail Trail

18 12 2011

The Rimutaka Rail Trail is under threat. The group behind it is worthy of our scorn.

Make your voice heard to save the rail trail. You can still make a submission here at the GWRC website. You have til 4pm January 31st 2012 to stand up for continued access to an unstuffed up rail trail.





The other Wainuiomata gondola proposal

5 12 2011

I didn’t know about the other proposal for a Wanuiomata Hill gondola when I wrote my post last night. My proposal is better as the one in the Hutt City document is a tourist gondola to the top of the Wainuiomata Hill and luge rides down, replicating Queenstown’s or Rotorua’s. My plan is an integrated part of public transport infrastructure designed to give quicker connectivity to Wainuiomata residents to get to Central Wellington.

As the old Red Green TV show said “if women can’t find you handsome, make sure they find you handy”.

Usefulness is the key to success. Doing things just for tourists, where there aren’t too many tourists, is a little like a cargo cult.