Since I took up cycling again, after a break of around 25 years, one of the biggest hurdles has been the sheer terror of riding on Wellington’s roads.
One rule I learned as a car driver here is that big 4-wheel drives always have right of way. As a cyclist I fear I have no rights at all. For safety’s sake I wear a fluorescent yellow jacket and tend to hold fast to the middle of my lane unless it’s clearly safe to ride more to the left.
The City Council are now proposing new Cycleways and Walkways:
Wellington City Council’s new 10-year budget includes $4,750,000 to invest in a strategic cycling and walking network — including the proposed ‘Great Harbour Way’ and a cycle-walkway alongside the Porirua Stream through Tawa and along Middleton Road to Glenside. …
“There has also been a lot of support, and a large amount of planning work undertaken by a widespread community consortium for the Great Harbour Way which is proposed to run almost 70 km from Pencarrow right around Wellington Harbour before finally ending at Owhiro Bay on Wellington’s South Coast.”
That would be a great ride, round the coast, especially since it’s all flat.
I hope they work on it in consecutive stages so we can start riding fairly soon and gradually build up the distance as they complete more portions.