Wellington City Council has adopted three new policies aimed at improving conditions for walkers and cyclists across the city. The Walking, Cycling and Track Recreation Activities policies were approved last week. Councillor Celia Wade-Brown, the Environment Portfolio Leader and President of Living Streets Aotearoa, welcomed the decision. Celia says the Council has been working closely with outdoor enthusiasts to develop its new Track Recreation Activities policy.
Many people choose active transport options to commute via Wellington's open spaces as well as using roads and footpaths. The final policy continues to ensure the majority of Wellington's tracks will be shared between mountain bikes and walkers while some tracks are designated for exclusive use. Strong public representation restricted use of Rangitatau Reserve to walkers and runners only. Wellington has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its outdoor activities and our track network is an important reason for that. Our new tracks policy deals with how our off-road track network is used and by whom - including walkers, runners, mountain bikers and horse riders. A number of areas and tracks are being opened to cycling for the first time, including Seton Nossiter Park, parts of Tinakori Hill, Truby King Roads, Northern Skyline and Wrights Hill. Horse riders will now have access to Woodburn Reserve, Old Coach Road and Te Kopahou Reserve.Read the whole release here.