Miramar Peninsula Ciclovia 2014

First Miramar Peninsula Ciclovia an overwhelming success!

Helped by the best weather so far this Wellington summer, over 2,500 people took advantage of being able to enjoy the Miramar Peninsula without cars or motorbikes around.  

Apart from a large number of cyclist, there were also skate boarders, lots of walkers, and people on mobile scooters.   It was a real family event with parents letting kids have a go at cycling or exploring the coast line. 

One of the larger groups of participants was a 100 strong Frocks on Bikes brigade, which started its ride from Freyberg Pool and ending up at Scorching Bay for a picnic.

Below are some of the photos from the event, taken by Alastair Smith.  More can be viewed on Flickr.  Also on the right is a link to a wonderful video compiled from footage taken by a small drone helicopter.  Enjoy!


 

Watch the video taken from the Skyzone NZ heli-drone

 
 
 

The event was organised by a small but enthusiastic group of volunteers from Wellington Harbour Way, Cycle Aware Wellington, Living Streets Aotearoa, and Rotary.  They were obviously delighted with the turn out and how everyone enjoyed themselves.  This despite some challenges including getting funding.  They are hoping that the Wellington City Council will start organising this as a regular event from next year.  Already the Auckland City Council lead the way by organising its own "Ciclovia on Quay" event, which was held on February the 8th this year.  Possible options for making Ciclovia an even bigger success, is having it every Sunday during the summer and closing the route for the whole day.

 
 
 

You can have your own say by helping to write to the mayor (mayor@wcc.govt.nz) and/or newspapers (e.g. letters@dompost.co.nz). Points that can highlight:

  • Ciclovia should be held on a regular basis, e.g. every Sunday in summer
  • The Ciclovia area should be extended, e.g. from Miramar cutting to Scorching Bay
  • It should be a WCC organised event