Local favourite Brew'd is one of the Island Bay businesses that will be most affected by the new cycleway. Brew'd is in a group of businesses just south of the intersection with Medway Street (including Island Bay Stationers, The Original Thai and Island Bay Medical Centre) who currently have nine angle parks and one mobility park directly outside. After the cycleway is implemented this will reduce to three parallel parks and two mobility parks.
I recently had a chat with Helena Gill, the manager of Brew'd, and was pleased to find that they have a really positive attitude towards the changes. Helena explained that while the debate about the cycleway was still going on they tried to stay as neutral as possible, which seems to be a common theme among many of the businesses on The Parade. Once the council made the decision to go ahead, however, Brew'd decided to be as positive as they can about embracing the change and taking advantage of the opportunity that the cycleway presents. Brew'd wants to make itself as bike-friendly as possible and are even investigating whether they can get some bike racks. The construction work has presented a few challenges but Helena says that overall it seems to be going well and the communication from the council about what's happening has been good. Like the other businesses around the shopping village they are happy that the work in that area will be completed well before the Christmas period.
The cycleway undeniably presents some challenges and will be a change for some of the businesses along The Parade but it's great to see that Brew'd are being so positive and open-minded about what the change can mean for them. Make sure you get down there and support them, especially while the construction work is still going on. Cheers!
You can read more about how local businesses will be affected by the cycleway here.
Get in touch with Brew'd at: http://islandbay.brewd.co.nz