Lower Hutt's walking and cycling network is scheduled to grow over the next few years, with new cycleways and shared paths developed on key routes.
Our infrastructure investment partners are the NZ Transport Agency, and the Urban Cycleways Fund.
The new facilities will make it easier and safer to get around the city on foot and by bike. There will also be road safety campaigns, cycle skills training, events and promotions to encourage more people to bike more often. We've summarised this programme of activities in the Walk and Cycle the Hutt Plan 2014-2019.
Major urban cycleway projects
Our three key projects are:
- Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path: A new, separated shared cycling and pedestrian path connecting Wainuiomata, a satellite town of 16,000 people, to jobs and education in the wider Hutt Valley. Currently this high speed road link over the Wainuiomata Hill poses a high crash risk for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Beltway: This 16km off-road shared path will connect residential areas to workplaces and employment hubs, Hutt Hospital, schools, the CBD and shopping areas. The Beltway will be a loop track: linking to the Wainuiomata Hill cycleway, and improving the section of the Rimutaka cycle trail that runs through the city. The Beltway route will also provide connections to major public transport hubs, including Waterloo and Melling train stations.
- Eastern Bays Shared Path: This 1.25km shared path along the primary corridor will connect residents in the eastern bays to workplaces, schools, shops and public transport facilities in the rest of Lower Hutt. In the future it'll connect through to the Wellington CBD by joining up and connecting to existing cycleways. It'll also connect to the Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path and the Beltway path.
Other major routes
The NZ Transport Agency is developing plans for safe cycling routes in the State Highway 2 corridor from Petone to Melling, and Petone to Ngauranga.