Featherston Street is a key route through the central city. It connects to Thorndon Quay and carries much of the traffic to and from the northern suburbs of Wellington and beyond. About 14,000 vehicles use this route every day with hundreds of people on bikes in the morning peak.

There is an existing city-bound bike lane on Featherston Street between Mulgrave Street and Bunny Street, and a new section of lane on the other side. We will further improve this route in 2018 by extending the southbound bike lane from Bunny Street to Ballance Street. This will have little impact on parking or traffic but improves the experience for people cycling into and around the city.

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What's changing

  • Traffic lanes will be narrowed slightly from 3.2m wide to at least 3m to make room for the 1.6m-wide bike lane. The number of traffic lanes will stay the same.
  • A half-metre wide buffer zone will be created between the bike lane and the parallel parking on Featherston Street, between Bunny Street and Whitmore Street.
  • On the Whitmore Street corner, opposite Rydges Hotel, we will cut back 1.5m of kerb to widen the street to make room for the bike lane.
  • One of five angle car parks will be removed outside 60-70 Featherston Street, by remarking the existing 90-degree angle parks as 60-degree angle parking spaces. No other parking will be affected.


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How we got here and next steps

  • The feedback period on proposed traffic changes (resolutions) for this project was 26 September to 16 October 2017.
  • Councillors approved the proposal on 23 November 2017.
  • We plan to install the new section of lane in mid-2018. 


Read the Traffic Resolution report that went out for consultation, and the feedback we received below. 

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