Cycle paths: quake proofing our transport network

A real need remains to build on the success of Ara Tawa by securing a resilient route for bikes from the Wellington CBD to the fantastic stretch from Tawa to Pukuerua Bay. Onslow college in the south is especially poorly served, which results in very few students cycling.

Cycle Aware Wellington

Te Ara Tawa - Porirua trail Ara Tawa between Kenepuru and Porirua

With all the fuss about Island Bay, you may not be aware of Wellington and Porirua Councils’ success in creating a 20km cycle route leading north out of the City, which, as well as providing for commuting and recreation, could be a vital part of our post earthquake transport network.

What is this lifesaving route? It starts at Takapu Rd Station as Ara Tawa, heading north beside the railway line, past Tawa College and on to join Porirua’s Ara Harakeke past the city centre to Pukerua Bay.

When the “big one” arrives, this cycle route could be vital for people making their way home from Wellington CBD. Although there have been practices for people to find out whether they can walk home, biking will be a lot more efficient and quicker. In fact it’s an argument for biking to work, or at least having a bike at…

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