Island Bay residents could be riding to town along a cycleway, after a council decision to increase the budget for such lanes was passed.
A unanimous Wellington City Council vote to increase the cycle budget this year might lead to the introduction of New Zealand's first Copenhagen-style bicycle lanes.
Cycle Advocates' Network and Cycle Aware Wellington organised a gathering of interested parties at Island Bay's Baptist Church last week to discuss how cycling in the suburb could be improved.
Nearly 70 cycling enthusiasts, lobbyists, community members and potential city councillors took part.
They were asked what their favourite cycle city was and why. Copenhagen was highlighted. The city's separate, protected cycle lanes drew favourable comment.
Event organiser Patrick Morgan said he was very happy an Island Bay cycle upgrade was on the agenda.
He felt positive about the council vote to increase its cycling budget. That budget had risen from $70,000 to $1.8 million since 2008, he said.
Mr Morgan said he hoped one day New Zealand might be looked at as an example for great cycle lanes.
"I would like to see it as a quality of life thing, a city for people and not for cars."
Bicycle Junction owner Daniel Mikkelsen said any infrastructure should be created to accommodate all types of cyclists.
"Whatever is built should cater to the least confident users and most vulnerable cyclists," he said.
Council cycling portfolio leader Bryan Pepperell said he hoped one day there would not be such an adversarial relationship between bikes and cars.
"It is kind of tribal," Mr Pepperell said. "There is a lot of hostility between different groups."
Depending on the design, a cycle lane from Island Bay to the CBD is expected to cost up to $10 million and would take two or three years to complete.
- The Wellingtonian