Preparing for the future – more choice for more people

The changes are preparing these streets for the future by making it safer and easier to walk, ride a bike/scooter and catch the bus.

Changes at a glance

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The route

The changes along these streets will make things safer and easier for everyone – whether you’re walking, riding a bike/scooter, catching the bus or driving.

Impacts
  • New street layouts with separated bike/scooter and bus lanes where they haven’t been before
  • New bike lanes on both sides of Whitmore Street, between the waterfront and Lambton Quay/Bowen Street
  • Uphill bike lane on Bowen to Tinakori Road and the Botanic Garden main entrance
  • Safer and easier for people crossing at The Terrace/Bowen Street intersection
  • Faster and easier bus journeys with a new downhill bus/bike lane
  • Additional mobility parking on Bowen Street
  • On-street coupon and commuter parking significantly reduced

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Changes for people using the bus

Bus journeys will be quicker and easier coming into the central city.

Impacts
  • New 24/7 shared bus/bike lane downhill on Tinakori and Bowen as far as The Terrace intersection
  • New raised platforms at bus stops so it’s quicker and easier for buses to pull in and out of traffic

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Changes for people riding bikes

These changes will create a connected, protected route between the waterfront and the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā on Tinakori Road (the bottom of Glenmore Street). It will also provide a connection for people biking in from Hutt Road/Thorndon Quay on Featherston Street and up Whitmore to Bowen Street and The Terrace.

Impacts
  • Separated bike lanes on both sides of Whitmore between the waterfront and the Lambton Quay/Bowen intersection
  • Uphill bike lane on Bowen and Tinakori to the main Botanic Garden ki Paekākā entrance (at Glenmore)
  • Shared bus/bike downhill lane from the Botanic Garden, down Bowen to The Terrace intersection

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Changes for people walking

Pedestrian safety and accessibility will be improved.

Impacts
  • New signalised crossing over Bowen Street from the Lambton Quay side of The Terrace (outside The Treasury building)
  • Footpath-height pedestrian crossing over the existing slip lane to Bowen from The Terrace (Reserve Bank side)
  • People on e-scooters will be able to ride in the bike lanes instead of on footpaths

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Changes for people driving

With more separation between bikes/scooters, buses and general traffic, this route will be safer and easier for drivers.

Impacts
  • New street layout with separated bike and bus lanes where they haven’t been before
  • Bike lanes on both sides of Whitmore Street
  • Uphill bike lane on Bowen and Tinakori to the Botanic Garden
  • Shared downhill bike/bus lane on Tinakori and Bowen to The Terrace
  • New signalised crossing across Bowen at The Terrace/Bowen intersection
  • Additional mobility parking on Bowen Street
  • Coupon parking and clearways removed along Tinakori Road, between the Botanic Garden and Bowen Street (some short term and residents parking relocated to side streets)
  • Coupon parking and clearways removed on both sides of Bowen Street to Lambton Quay
  • No right turn for vehicles into Stout Street from Whitmore

Read more about the parking changes

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Stay in touch and get involved

Once the new bike and bus lanes are in, and we’ve ironed out any initial issues, the public survey will go live, and people can give feedback on how well things are working and what can be improved or adapted. We’re keen to keep hearing from people using them.

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You can read the full set of plans

Find out more and read the full set of plans for the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā to city project.

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Got questions about this project? Email the team: info@wcc.govt.nz

Tinakori Road

A new bus stop platform and uphill bike lane on Tinakori Road. View towards the Botanic Garden Ki Paekākā entrance.

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Bowen Street

Shared downhill bike and bus lane and a separated uphill bike lane on Bowen Street (at the corner of Ballantrae Street). View toward the city.

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Bowen Street

Separated uphill bike lane with a shared bike and bus lane downhill on Bowen Street (near The Terrace). View towards Tinakori Road and the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā.

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Whitmore Street

Separated bike lanes on both sides of the road on Whitmore Street (near Stout Street). View towards the waterfront. 

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