We’re building a city fit for the future. This includes making essential changes to our streets so more people of all ages and abilities can easily and safely get around in zero or low carbon ways, and we are less reliant on our cars. 

Paneke Pōneke is our plan for a citywide network of connected bike/scooter routes that will be combined with improvements for people walking and taking the bus.

Brooklyn Road is one of the city's busy commuter routes and a connection to the south coast. In mid-2021, with funding from Waka Kotahi we installed a temporary uphill bike/scooter lane, from Nairn Street to Ohiro Road, to trial a safer way for people to get from the central city to Brooklyn.

Following the evaluation of the trial bike lane, Councillors agreed at the August 2021 meeting of Pūroro Āmua, the Planning and Environment Committee, to consult with the community on making these changes permanent, extend the bike route and make the area safer for pedestrians.

We expect to have a draft proposal for permanent improvements to share with the community in June 2023. You’ll be able to provide feedback to help fine-tune the proposal before detailed design happens.

The temporary bike lane will stay in place until permanent improvements are made in 2024. As well as the bike route plans, the Council is also upgrading the intersection of Ohiro Road, Cleveland Street and Todman Street. Work at the intersection is nearly complete.

Permanent changes for bikes on Victoria, Webb and Willis streets are likely to happen as part of Let's Get Wellington Moving's People-friendly City Streets programme.

The route - a better link for everyone

We’re now looking at how the Brooklyn to city route can be improved for everyone. 

We’re thinking about:

  • how to make the route safer and more pleasant for pedestrians
  • the best ways to make permanent changes for people on bikes, including a connection to the intersection of Ohiro Road, Cleveland Street and Todman Street (at the Brooklyn shops)
  • ways to improve bus journey times and bus shelters
  • what more can be done to encourage safe speeds
  • other street changes that could make the area more attractive
  • how changes to these streets would work with future transport and bike network projects.
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These have been identified through transport and pedestrian safety audits, expert engineering guidance and feedback from the community on the temporary bike lane.

For pedestrians
  • Crossing Brooklyn Road is difficult and scary even where there are pedestrian islands
  • There is no pedestrian priority at side street intersections and some are wide to cross
  • Footpaths are only on one side of the street in places
  • Some footpaths are too narrow
  • There are sections of shared path on the uphill side 
  • Kerbs are not always accessible (no ramps)
For people on bikes/scooters
  • The uphill section on Victoria Street from Karo Drive, and Webb and Willis streets, isn't safe 
  • The uphill lane on Ohiro Road doesn't continue to the Cleveland/Todman intersection at the Brooklyn shops
  • There is no dedicated place for people on bikes to ride going downhill 
  • The intersection of Ohiro Road and Brooklyn Road is especially unsafe
For people using buses
  • Some bus stops are too close together
  • There are no bus shelters/seats at some bus stops
 For drivers
  • Brooklyn Road looks and feels more like a rural road, encouraging higher speeds
  • Old (ghost) street markings are visible in places
  • Vehicles often travel above the 30km/h speed limit through the shopping area
  • There is poor visibility at the Renouf Tennis Centre driveway
  • The left turn from Webb Street into Willis Street is very tight

Stay in touch and get involved

We're keen to involve the community as we go, so we will be sending updates when there are opportunities to get involved or have your say.

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