Green Light For More Wellington Cycleways

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Fri 9/Mar/18 10:28am

More Wellington cycleways have been given the green light by the city council, which has forked out an extra $4 million to build one in Evans Bay.

Wellington City Councillors voted unanimously on Thursday to go ahead with construction of new bike paths in Kilbirnie and Evans Bay, along with changes to several other city streets.

The cycleway designs were refined following community feedback in September and November.

The most contentious proposal was for Crawford Rd, which resulted in 235 public submissions.

The design included the removal of parking on the uphill side of the road and two parking spaces at the bottom by Childers Terrace. The painted median, on some sections of the road, would be removed, while a pedestrian crossing would be added near Naughton Terrace.

There were mixed reactions from Kilbirnie residents who made their feelings known ahead of the council vote on Thursday.

Phil Smith said he was pleased with the overall process and outcome, but residents parking remained a concern and needed to be adjusted.

Crawford St resident Kate Amos asked why the council was proceeding after 47 per cent said "no" to the proposal. There were still too many "unanswered questions" and she believed the design was being rushed, without analysis.

Councillors agreed to work with staff to do any extra work required on the final parking locations and pedestrian crossing locations.

They also gave the go ahead for a new two-way bike path around part of Evans Bay to be started later this year, and increased its budget from $6m to $10m.

The extra $4m, taken from existing budgets, would be used to resolve pinch point issues, widening the six narrowest sections of the route.

The projects will be funded in partnership with the Government.

Councillor Sarah Free, who holds the walking, cycling and public transport portfolio, said the projects were part of a plan to gradually develop a connected citywide bike network, and improve things for people on foot.


Evans Bay Parade (Carlton Gore Rd intersection on Oriental Parade to north of Greta Point) – two-way bike path.

Rongotai Rd (Onepu Rd to Te Whiti St) – kerbside bike lanes with raised buffers, and loss of 17 parking spaces.

Te Whiti St (Coutts St to Rongotai Rd) – adding more space between existing painted bike lanes and parked cars.

Coutts St (Te Whiti St to the airport tunnel) – kerbside bike path and loss of 22 parking spaces.

Tirangi Rd (Coutts St to the Leonie Gill Pathway) – kerbside bike lanes with raised buffers, and loss of 24 parking spaces.

Crawford Rd – bike lane with raised buffer on the uphill side, sharrow road markings in the downhill lane.

Constable St (Alexandra Rd to Coromandel St) – uphill bike lane with raised buffer, and loss of eight parking spaces.

Coromandel St (Coromandel St to Wilson St) – sharrow road markings.

Wilson St (Daniell St to Coromandel St) – sharrow road markings.

Source: ... -Evans-Bay
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