Wellington’s walking and cycling communities are being urged to participate in an online survey to inform the NZ Transport Agency’s future Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link.
The proposed future link, along SH2 between Ngauranga and Petone, aims to ‘close the gap’ of the existing cycleway, while also supporting pedestrian access along the route.
Transport Agency Wellington Highways Manager Rod James says the transport corridor from Lower Hutt to Wellington is a strategically important route both nationally and for the Wellington region.
“As well as moving freight, regional and local traffic, plus rail, the corridor is also used by over 400 cyclists per day.”
“Improving links for pedestrians and cyclists between Wellington and Lower Hutt will help ease peak traffic congestion and encourage active ways to travel,” says Mr James.
Previous studies and consultation undertaken for both Wellington City and Hutt City councils has identified a number of options for improving facilities for cyclists along the route.
Participation in the survey provides an opportunity for the public to have direct input into the design process, to ensure the future link meets the needs of everyone using it.
“As well as targeting the existing cyclists already using the route, we’d like to hear from the wider public who may consider using the cycle and walking path if the right facilities were in place; whether it’s improved pathways, better connections to local roads or improved lighting,” explains Mr James.
You can get more information and participate in the online survey through till early next year at www.nzta.govt.nz/w2hvlink(external link). An interactive map will be made available shortly. You can add your comments directly to this about specific sections of the route you are interested in.
Feedback can also be given to the Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link team via email email@example.com, phone (0508) W2HV INFO (0508 924 854), or post to PO Box 5084, Thorndon, Wellington 6145.
Public open days are scheduled for early 2014, where we will be presenting the survey results and feedback we’ve received on the preliminary options. The open days will be advertised in local papers closer to the time.