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. During 2018 we extended the southbound bike lane from Bunny Street to Ballance Street to improve the experience for people cycling into and around the city. More green surfacing will be added when the weather warms up. Changes to make the intersection with Mulgrave Street safer are also planned.

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What's changed

  • Traffic lanes were narrowed slightly from 3.2m wide to about 3m to make room for the 1.6m-wide bike lane. 
  • A half-metre wide buffer zone has been 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 made kerb changes to help make room for the bike lane. 

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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.
  • The agreed changes were made in mid-2018. 
  • More changes are planned at the intersection of Mulgrave Street to make this area safer for people on foot and bikes.

 

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