Wellington City Council approved their draft cycling framework for consultation today.
In an unexpected development they also found a way to progress the Island Bay cycleway. Councillor Mark Peck proposed an amendment that a working party be formed consisting of the two Southern Ward Councillors, the Deputy Mayor, council officers and community stakeholders. The working party will consider the traffic resolutions for stage one of the Southern Route (the Island Bay cycleway) by 12 June and report back to council by 24 June.
This was obviously a difficult decision for Councillor Peck but he should be congratulated for putting progress ahead of politics. In his own words he felt the council had a "duty to get on with it". His amendment was carried 9:6.
Councillor Paul Eagle then proposed some further amendments to the recommendations some of which were incorporated and some of which weren't.
The amended recommendations were then voted on in parts. All the recommendations were carried but councillors voted slightly differently on different recommendations.
You can read the amended recommendations as they were actually approved here: https://db.tt/kNHD2NYY
You can read the original cycling framework paper and recommendations here: http://wellington.govt.nz/…/2015/04/30-April-Council-Meetin…
A huge thanks to all councillors who voted in favour of the cycling framework and moving ahead with the Island Bay cycleway today.