Facts & Figures

  • $45mFunding over 10 years

The car can provide flexibility for many journeys but can also be inefficient, requiring parking space and creating congestion, especially at peak times.

Woman riding a bicycle along road with sun going down behind her

The implementation of a cycling network would increase the carrying capacity of our roads while improving our health and environment. By encouraging people to use active modes such as cycling, we reduce the congestion for other road users.

Implementing cycleways in Wellington has its challenges because we are retrofitting them into established streets. The city’s narrow and winding streets mean that some road and/or footpath space must be reallocated. This may ultimately mean prioritising cycle lanes or cycle parking over on-street car parking in some areas.

The network will span the city with routes connecting suburbs to the CBD and is currently planned to be rolled out over the next decade.

What you think

62% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

318 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

91% Feedback received that supports this idea

#2 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

28% Local residents
24% Future generations
19% Local businesses
18% Visitors to Wellington
12% NZ as a whole
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  • Visitors to Wellington
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  • Future generations
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How should we prioritise it?

79% High
10% Quite high
6% Quite low
3% Neutral
3% Low
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  • nick, Brooklyn

    This is essential to Wgtn being 'the' compact city where lifestyle and ease of living in a vibrant city are central attractors to visitors and new citizens. It so many spin offs - environment, health, social networks etc... less hui, more dui - GET ON WITH IT!!!

  • John, Mount Cook

    Cycleways are a good idea but needs to be balanced against the needs of other road users as well.
    Where possible cycleways should be located in areas away from shopping centres as parking is needed for shops and services and pedestrians. Targetting of cycleways towards actual areas of need and balancing investment between recreational and commuter requirements needs to be undertaken.

  • Suzanne, Oriental Bay

    Building more roads only delays a problem of congestion, alternative transport answers it. Who wants to sit in a car for 40mins every morning watching other people sit in cars. Let show the world that getting out on your bike, scooter, trainers is far more fun, healthy, common sense, better for the environment, quicker, cheaper, more social and how we can come up with new ways to retrofit around existing buildings.

  • Evan Freshwater, Newtown

    Unique to Wellington?? Implementing safer cycling infrastructure is critical to ongoing health of Wellington. Every cyclist alleviates the pressure on a strained transport network. Even Auckland is able to progress safer cycling networks - it is shameful that a city that prides itself on being green and progressive cannot even put a spade in the ground on the easiest beginning. How many more cyclists need to be killed on Wellington streets before this council takes action?

  • Paul , Ngaio

    I commute all the time on a bicycle, but with our current Wellington roads it is too dangerous and unpleasant for most people. I’ve seen colleagues give up after a scare or worse. Proper cycle lanes would see many more people cycle to work, easing congestion for other road users. City planners should also look at creative options for widening footpaths that cyclists can then use as well. Tokyo has that, and it works very well.

  • Anonymous, Kelburn

    Wellington is well behind many other cities in making sure cycling is an accessible option for people. We have a small enough city that most trips can be completed by bike - we just need the infrastructure to ensure they can be completed safely. Hills I can deal with, angry drivers trying to push me off the road? Not so much.

  • Laura, Newtown

    Wellingtons roads are to narrow for cycleways, why can't the cyclist have them through the greenbelt?

  • Joshua, Te Aro

    I don't ride currently because I don't know it's safe. A lot of the cyclists I know have had accidents or near misses. I would be happy to cycle if there were safe cycleways. I don't think it needs to be unique, it just needs to be good - pretty much every city I visit has better cycleways than wellington does.