What's this project about?
The Beltway Cycleway seeks to provide a cycling spine to the east of the city, extending between Seaview and connecting to the Hutt River Trail at Taita drive.
The Beltway Cycleway is one of three projects in Lower Hutt to receive urban cycleways funding through the NZ Transport Agency. The other two are the Wainuiomata Shared Path and Eastern Bays Shared Path.
The Beltway is a key project under the current strategy "Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014 - 2019" and contributes towards providing a safe, integrated cycling network throughout the city.
How the community benefits from the Cycleway
The cycleway aims to provide:
- a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists
- improved sight distance for road users
- a reduction of injuries
- attractive facilities for new users
- improved connectivity between key destinations
- increased choice of different ways to travel.
Where are we at?
We have considered a range of possible routes for the Beltway Cycleway and taken onboard the feedback we recieived during our consultation day back in February 2017.
The primary route (shown in blue in the diagrams and summaries) is an indicative south-north route from Parkside Road using the old rail line to Whites Line East, along Pohutukawa Street and Oxford Terrace, through to High Street via Waldie Grove and Rainey Grove, finishing at Taita Drive.
Also being considered is an additional secondary route (shown in red) along Bell Road and Waikare Avenue to Whites Line East. This secondary route has been considered to provide a more direct option for connecting to schools in the area.
These routes were selected because they:
- provide a direct link between Seaview and Taita without requiring considerable detour for cyclists
- can be delivered at a lower cost than other possible route options
- largely utilise land not used for any other purpose
- minimise the amount of land that may need to be acquired to accommodate a cycleway.
While these routes are preferred, they have not been confirmed and will require approval from the NZ Transport Agency.
Options for the North-South corridor
The proposed route has been broken down into three distinct sections, based on different characteristics along the corridor. Within each section we have considered a range of cycleway options that could be developed.
View the diagrams and summaries of the different options (PDF 361 Kb)
The following options are being considered for the different sections along the corridor:
This is an on-road option, shared with other road users. Signage only would be provided to show the direction of the route. No line marking or separate cycling specific lane would be provided.
This is an on-road option, with a 1.5m painted route provided along both sides of the road corridor. In only a few locations this would be reduced to 1.2m where the road width is constrained. Signage would be provided to show the direction of the route. Parking in some locations may need to be removed depending on road widths.
This is an on-road option, shared with other road users. Signage only would be provided to show the direction of the route. No line marking or separate cycling specific lane would be provided. An on-road painted route with inset parking. The same as option B, but with inset parking where road widths allowed.
This would be an off-road option with a 3m wide dedicated cycle path provided along the existing rail corridor. This would be separated from the road and would enable existing parking to be retained.
Like option D, this would be an off-road 3m wide dedicated cycle path that would be separated from the road. The difference from option D is that this option would require the use of land currently used for other purposes, for example the existing road berm and would also cross some driveways. To get the 3m width, car parking in some locations may need to be removed.
On 25 February 2017 we held a community open day - this was a chance for people to learn more about the project, the concept route and to provide their thoughts, comments and feedback.
From May to early June we engaged with communities, schools and businesses in the southern and northern sections of the proposed route via a targeted mail drop. We've also displayed material in libraries around the city to promote the cycleway and encourage feedback from a wider audience.
Your feedback will help us develop the cycleway into a valuable community asset.
The current project timeline* is:
|Community and key stakeholder engagement
||February - June 2017
|Single Stage Business Case with
recommended option design
|Agreed preferred option
|Detailed Design of preferred option
|Tender for constructions
||Late 2017 - early 2018
* Timeline is subject to change
How can you find out more?
Submissions via our last online survey closed on Friday 9 June. We'll be updating this page soon with news on the next stages of the Beltway project. You're welcome to contact us directly and find out more.
For more information please contact:
Senior Project Engineer
T: 04 570 6666