If you’re like me and spend much of your spare time wandering around local tracks in the Wellington region, you might be interested to know that the Wellington City Council is currently consulting on its Draft Recreation Activities Policy , which governs how the WCC balances the needs of walkers, cyclists, horse riders, 4WD enthusiasts, and crazy mountain runners throughout Wellington’s track network. Consultation is open until Monday 22nd September, and an Online Submission Form is being provided.
The consultation covers tracks throughout most of Wellington’s Town Belt such as the Tinakori Hill, parts of the Southern Walkway, parts of the Skyline Walkway, Wrights Hill, Te Kopahou Reserve, and a few others. Actually after a brief scan, at least part of the proposals look to be opening up certain areas to mountain bikes which frequently get used by people on mountain bikes already.
If you’re interested in the tracks around the area, it might be worth your while to have a browse of the draft policy and make a submission, either in support of the proposals or not. Additional related WCC policies that are up for consultation during the same time period are the Draft Walking Policy  and the Draft Cycling Policy , which respectively aim to frame the policies around encouraging walking and cycling in Wellington and making them safe.