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Thursday June 9, 2016

Cycleway criticised following review

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By Nikki Papatsoumas

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President of the Island Bay Residents Association Vicki Greco and councillor Paul Eagle beside Island Bay’s controversial cycleway.

surveyed wanted the cycleway switched back to its original layout. “It shows there was a lack of consultation and listening to the community. We should not have to go to these lengths for the majority to be heard.” She said she now hoped the council and community could work together and get a positive outcome that was right for everyone. “Let’s explore it properly and come up with what is best for

Island Bay.” Councillor Paul Eagle said the report showed there had been “total failure” by the council. “It’s a shame that central government has had to intervene and teach local government what democracy looks like.” Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown said the report was a positive opportunity to make further progress on cycleways with the fuller involvement of the community.

“The Morrison Low report is very frank and I intend to ensure the council takes time to consider the report and its recommendations. “Councillors and I were unanimous in our support for cycling improvements and significant increases in budgets – but we have learnt that we need to develop more options for cycle routes, with all their pros and cons, and listen more carefully to our communities.”

Cyclists “voting with their pedals” By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local man says even cyclists are “voting with their pedals” against the Island Bay cycleway. Island Bay resident Brendon Bonner is running for southern ward councillor in the upcoming local government elections. He said he was shocked when he noticed a pack of cyclists avoiding the Island Bay cycleway late last month. He said instead of using the cycleway, they opted to travel along Clyde St, which runs

parallel to The Parade and the cycleway. He filmed the cyclists and uploaded the video to his Facebook page. The video has since had more than 5000 views. “It seemed to be a purposeful avoiding of the cycleway down a side street,” Brendon said. “Now I have to ask the question, why are they avoiding the cycle way?” Brendon said it appeared “that they like the cycleway as much as most people in Island Bay do, which is not at all.”

He said he was not anti-cycling and had no trouble with the previous cycleway in the coastal community. However, he said the new design was clearly not working for the community and there was little support for the current design. “Without a doubt the cycleway is what grinds peoples’ gears around Wellington city at the moment. “It is fundamentally antidemocratic to go ahead and do this without public support.”

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The Island Bay cycleway has been criticised in a report commissioned by the New Zealand Transport Agency. The Wellington City Council’s layout and design of the cycleway are now likely to be reviewed and residents will have the opportunity to have their say. A report into cycleways across Wellington, conducted by consultancy firm Morrison Low, was released last week. It showed a community perception the cycleway in Island Bay was a poor solution and that it was “delivered without proper community engagement and consultation”. It also found there was “a loss of general community support” for other council projects as a result of the Island Bay cycleway. The report recommended a review of the cycleway should now be undertaken and “necessary modifications made to the current solution following further consultation with the community”. President of the Island Bay Residents Association, Vicki Greco, said it was a “huge community victory”. A survey carried out by the residents association earlier this year found 87 per cent of those

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