Biking and Micro-mobility Programme

With more and more people calling Hamilton home, we need to make sure our streets and neighbourhoods support this growth, now and into the future. Our vision is for a city that's safe, easy and enjoyable to get around – no matter how you choose to travel.

Hamilton's Biking and Micro-mobility Programme will look at ways to encourage people to bike, e-scoot or skate safely and enjoyably around our great river city. Micro-mobility is referring to e-scooters and e-skateboards.

Biking and micro-mobility is increasingly critical to the success of Hamilton's transport network, our ability to grow, how our residents want the city to function and our wellbeing.  

It also plays a critical role in supporting Council's priority of being a city that's easy to live in – which is all about creating a place where people can safely access most of the things they need within 20 minutes, by walking, cycling, scootering and skating.

In October and November 2020, you shared your thoughts on what would get you biking, e-scooting and skating around Hamilton. Thank you for letting us know what's important to you!

What is this programme about?

We are preparing a city-wide plan that aims to encourage biking and micro-mobility (for example, bikes, e-scooters and e-skateboards) as an attractive transport option for people to get around our city. Getting this right can make our streets better for everyone, improving safety and reducing congestion and pollution. 

The programme will likely include a wide range of projects and actions, such as new cycleways, safety and education initiatives, as well as supporting policy, regulation and end-of-trip facilities.

While this programme is focused on biking and micro-mobility (bikes, e-scooters and e-skateboards) we are also committed to improving other transport modes such as walking and public transport. 

What are the benefits of this programme?
  • ​Supports more people living in our city
  • More easy, safe and affordable ways to get around
  • A better functioning transport network
  • Less need for additional road capacity
  • Is good for our economy
  • Actively responds to the challenges of climate change

How will this programme be developed? 

A business case process is being used to develop a prioritised programme of projects and actions. Councillors, partners, stakeholders and the community will be involved throughout the development of the programme.

What's happened so far? 

We have drawn on previous community engagement, surveys and data sources, and local and international best practice to develop a long list of ideas. We then analysed these ideas to create a short list of four themes or focus areas for people to consider, weigh up and give us feedback on. 

The four themes:

  • Supporting behaviour change – "I have access to a bike and feel confident using it".

This theme focuses on promotions, education, policy and increasing access to bikes and e-scooters.

  • Best use of the existing network "I can bike to most popular places".

This theme focuses on reallocating existing street space, closing gaps in the bike network, and cleaner and tidier bike lanes.

  • Cross-city Bikeways – "I can bike safely between popular places without delay".

This theme focuses on providing the highest quality bike and e-scooter facilities, connecting key city-wide destinations on selected routes.

  • Connected Neighbourhoods – "I can go anywhere on my bike safely".

This theme focuses on safe door to door rides to schools, neighbourhood centres and key destinations.​

What we asked you…

We asked you if each theme would encourage you to get on a bike or e-scooter. After five weeks of engagement (22 October – 29 November 2020), including six pop-up events across the city and two stakeholder drop-in sessions, we received 575 submissions. ​

Who we heard from...

We heard from a range of people, including: residents and visitors; current bike, e-scooter and e-skateboard users; Bike Waikato; District Health Board; ACC; business owners and associations; community groups; schools and parents of school children; Iwi; Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency; New Zealand Police. 

  • 90% of respondents live in Hamilton.​
  • Of those, 60% live east of the river and 40% live west of the river.
  • Respondents ranged from committed riders to non-riders, as shown below.

Next steps

MID 2021 – PROGRAMME CONFIRMATION: We will confirm the programme of actions, which will likely include a range of projects and initiatives such as infrastructure, education, policy, regulations, and end-of-trip facilities. While some actions will be implemented quickly, others may be more complex requiring further study or investigations.​​

Understanding the bigger picture 

We have done a lot of work already in the biking and micro-mobility space and there are a number of government policy statements that we are working towards aligning with.

Hamilton's made some great progress such as the Hamilton Western Rail Trail, but there is plenty more we would like to do to make biking and micro-mobility more attractive for getting around our city.

We have some ambitious targets that will require a number of approaches and interventions to achieve. The focus on biking and micro-mobility as alternative transport modes is just one of those approaches.

  • Increase public transport, walking and cycling

  • Increase the proportion of short trips (that's those under 2km) taken on foot

  • A vision zero target of no deaths and serious injuries on the road network within Hamilton

View the Access Hamilton strategy for more information on these targets. 

The Biking and Micro-mobility Programme will also help to inform Council's Long-Term Plan, Biking Connectivity Programme, Eastern Pathways and other projects and strategies. 

 Download a copy of the FAQs

Questions or comments?  

Fast facts about biking and micro-mobility in Hamilton​​

  1. Hamilton is one of the cities with the fastest population growth at around 2.5% per year and is forecast to grow more than 50% by 2048.

  2. Hamilton's transport system is currently car dominated and the highest of the five New Zealand cities, more info.

  3. A high-quality cycle​​way can accommodate 4,600 cyclists per hour, while a wide traffic lane can accommodate, 1,900 cars per hour.

  4. Hamilton's congestion is already equal to Auckland's over the whole day and is worse around lunchtime.

  5. Hamiltonians are the most supportive of biking out of the six largest NZ cities, more info.

  6. We know that quality cycleways can encourage use of biking and micro-mobility, more info.

  7. Transportation is a key producer of carbon emissions – 64% of Hamilton's emissions are from transportation, more info

  8. Currently cyclists are 15 times more likely to suffer a death or serious injury on Hamilton's roads than motorists (per km travelled).

  9. Biking is great for the local economy as people on bikes are more likely to stop, visit shops and spend money, more info​

  10. Nationally, transport costs $216 per week on average.  It is the third largest cost in household budgets (behind housing and food), more info

  11. Biking and micro-mobility can extend the reach of public transport by around 3km, more info

  12. Traveling by bike or scooter can provide regular aerobic exercise which is known to cut the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and obesity, more info​

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