The Beltway Cycleway is part of our work to change the way our city moves and to help everyone get from A to B in the easiest, safest and most enjoyable way, whether you are commuting to work, going to school or just out for a recreational ride.
Cycleways and Shared Paths, like Beltway, can reduce traffic and improve air quality, they’re cheaper than roads, safer for cyclists, resilient and they will make our city more attractive.
The Beltway is one of Lower Hutt’s major urban cycleway routes. When constructed it will provide the catalyst for future active transport connections to our schools, transport hubs and businesses, give more transport choice to our communities.
The route, when completed, will eventually run from Taita to Seaview along High Street and Oxford Terrace adjacent to the Hutt Rail Line and, over time, will provide additional links to form a connected Lower Hutt cycling network between residential areas, workplaces, the hospital, schools and recreation areas.
It is a key project under our Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014-19 Strategy (PDF 2.3 MB).
This project is included in the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) 2018-21 priority list of projects in the Wellington Region. It will be jointly funded by Hutt City Council and NZTA.
Where are we now?
The detailed designs for the Central and Northern Sections of the Cycleway are now complete.
Since we last consulted with you there have been some changes to NZTA’s Cycling Network Guidance. Where cycleways run next to a road, such as Beltway does, there needs to be additional line of sight for drivers.
Currently, people can park between driveways as long as they leave at least 1m clear.
We now need to create more visibility so that drivers can see a cyclist when turning into a driveway. To achieve this we need to leave at least 3m clear on either side of a driveway. This will mean that, in some areas, on street parking will not be possible on one side of the road.
Parking vehicles between a cycleway and road can limit the vision of drivers turning into driveways. Because cyclists travel faster than pedestrians, this line of sight is very important in preventing accidents and injuries. It is very difficult to compensate for this lack of visibility other than by restricting parking near a driveway.
The table below is the guidance that we are currently working to and applying for the Beltway.
Number of effective parking spaces on approach to driveway
Required setback of first parking space from driveway
1 – 2
3 – 4
We’re also working on some other minor changes, including:
- Improved interconnectivity for cyclists and pedestrians at train stations.
- A safer connection and crossing point to the Hutt River Trail at Taita Drive.
- Improving pedestrian access to bus stops and creating no parking areas around bus stops to make entry and exit for buses easier.
We will be going to tender in November/December and construction will begin early next year. You can see the final design of the Northern and Central by clicking on the links below.
We’ll be hosting a pop-up on Saturday 9 November at 10am-2pm at the Walter Nash Centre, Taita. This pop-up will give you the opportunity to talk to us and ask any questions you may have about these changes.
If you’re unable to make this time, please feel free to contact:
Senior Project Engineer
T: 04 570 6666