The completion of the cycle route between Island Bay and Newtown will receive financial support from a new government program announced today.
Announcing this $30 million support streets for people programme, Transport Minister Michael Wood said:
Wellington residents have demanded better transport options and action on climate change. Making it safer and easier for people to ride, walk and use public transport for their daily journeys is key to rapidly reducing emissions. Paneke Pōneke is Wellington’s plan for a city-wide network of connected bike/scooter routes that will be combined with improvements for people who walk and take the bus.
The Newtown to Island Bay route is the last part of the southern connection between Island Bay and the city, and will make it safer and easier for more people to cycle/scoot from the southern suburbs to the city. This comprehensive route has been identified for rapid transit in the future to support significant growth over the next few years. conflict between people walking, riding horses, driving and using public transport.
Whether walking, biking or taking the bus, the changes to this route will give people better options for commuting to work, school or tertiary education, dropping off the kids at daycare, working at the Wellington Hospital and related health services, visit shops and practice sports and leisure.
It was amazing to see the turnout at the launch of the Streets for People fund today at Newtown Primary School. $30 million to quickly open the streets to walking and cycling and enable lasting transformational change. pic.twitter.com/k2l6ctkThx
— Geoff Haines (@GFHaines) September 6, 2022
And that was the full announcement.
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Communities across New Zealand will benefit from improved, safer and friendlier streets thanks to the government’s Streets for People programme, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today.
“The government is modernizing New Zealand’s transport infrastructure system to make it safer, greener and more efficient for current and future generations,” said Michael Wood.
“To support more climate-friendly transport choices, Waka Kotahi today released details of successful applications from 13 local authorities for fast-track street change projects to be funded by the $30 million Streets for People program. dollars.
“Our government’s commitment to infrastructure investment continues to play a vital role in securing New Zealand’s economy and supporting communities to thrive.
“Completing projects like these helps address our current infrastructure deficit while meeting future needs caused by population growth and climate change.
“We are committed to making it safer, faster and more attractive for people to use public transport, walk, jog and cycle in urban centers in Aotearoa New Zealand,” said Michael Wood.
“People want to be able to live and work in communities with modernized transportation options. The Streets for People program aims to make it easier and faster for councils to partner with communities to improve their streets in this way.
“In Gisborne, Gray Street will be reinvigorated to create a linear park between the CBD and the I-site, skate park and pump track. The linear park will also serve as a multi-purpose site for community and cultural events.
“In Whanganui, the Saint Hill St bus hub refresh will refresh the area, improve access for those using public transport as well as improving the area for cyclists and pedestrians.
“Ensuring we have an updated, easy-to-use infrastructure is great news for families, schools and communities, as well as the environment, with lower vehicle emissions and more vibrant and community-oriented.
“Through our Transport Choices package in Budget 22, we are helping improve transport options by funding the rapid deployment of at least 100km of safe urban cycleways to build more connected networks at pace; creating significant safety improvements in approximately 25 pedestrian areas and supporting safer, greener and healthier travel to 75-100 schools. The package also invests in improving public transport infrastructure.
“The Streets for People program supports this investment and will also help New Zealand meet its emissions reduction targets and improve its health and well-being,” said Michael Wood.
Accelerating change: details of local projects under the Streets for People 2021-24 program are available here.