$6M Kilbirnie bike path on track

$6M Kilbirnie bike path on track

Cyclists and pedestrians currently share the footpath along Evan's Bay Parade. PHOTO: LOUIS DAVIS

Plans for $6 million worth of new cycling paths in Kilbirnie have passed a final hurdle and look set to get underway in July.

A Wellington City Council city strategy committee meeting in April approved plans for the network of paths linking Evans Bay Parade, Miramar and Newtown by next year.

As part of the national roll-out for the Urban Cycleways Programme, Wellington City Council has allocated $6 million to develop safer bike paths in the Kilbirnie area in the 2015-2019 long-term plan.

Bike paths on Evans Bay Parade, Bay Road and Rongotai Road will be separated and protected from traffic while paths on less popular roads will receive improved on-road facilities such as painted signage.

Detailed plans will soon be developed and construction looks set to begin as early as mid-2018.

Councillor Sarah Free said there was a high degree of community support for the proposal but St. Patrick’s College wanted to ensure bus stops were put in the best positions possible. The school also had concerns about the speed of traffic along Evans Bay Parade.

Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman successfully argued for two amendments to introduce a pedestrian crossing at St. Patrick’s College and illuminated speed signs.

Council officers will undertake a detailed tree impact assessment of existing Pohutakawa in the area.

Before a contractor from the council’s panel is engaged, a concept stage safety audit and construction drawings will be undertaken, and a design-stage safety audit completed.

The $6 million investment will receive a $2 million subsidy from central government and direct investment of $4 million from council.

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