Liz Springford is a resident of Berhampore. This is her submission to Wellington City Council on the Newtown Connections consultation
I believe improvements are very important for people of all ages and abilities walking and biking (and scooting) around and through the Newtown Connections area.
I have lived in Berhampore for 30 years now.
1. I recommend that WCC ask Tonkin & Taylor to develop Package Z – which combines the best of Packages A, B & C, with some new possibilities.
Package Z is based on Package C ROUTES:
BUT the TREATMENTS are these: (NB: cyclepath is level with footpath – despite design tool limits)
3. More detail re “think outside the concrete mixer”
A. Reduce DEMAND for car parking:
B. Increase SUPPLY of car parking:
4. Do we have to go Green?
Sometimes “green” (painted cycleways) is over-rated – use natural colours to welcome into the heart of our Berhampore Village – or quirky bright colours? (But today’s bright quirky colours may date – so maybe leave these for features that are faster to recolour). Caramel coloured cross pavers clearly mark the space for cycling, but enable either walkers or cyclists to flow across if need-be and if clear. Also makes the shopping space more attractive.
I support Berhampore Village and Berhampore Community Association submissions calling for a Berhampore Village Project to give our shopping heart some well overdue love and attention – at the same time as developing safe cycling and walking infrastructure that is consistent with WCC’s Sustainable Transport Hierarchy in the Low Carbon Capital Plan (best updated to “No Carbon Capital Plan”?)
I recommend this 10 minute video: vimeo.com/13499122 for an inspiring vision of how Wellington could grow as a people-friendly city, and meet our challenges of projected population growth, housing crisis and climate changes.
Read more about the feedback received during the most recent phase of the Newtown Connections consultation here: Newtown Connections packages engagement data analysis