Better connections near the Basin Reserve

Biking connections near the southern end of Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace, north of the Basin Reserve, have been improved with new cycle crossings and shared paths. However, there is still some finishing work to do, including the installation of new bike crossing lights, and path markings. This is scheduled to happen in 2018.

Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace are the main north-south routes in Wellington’s transport network, used by an average of about 31,000 vehicles per day. Around 300 people on bikes also use these routes in the morning and evening peaks.

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 What's changed

  • There are dedicated bike crossings beside the signalised pedestrian crossings at the southern end of Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace.
  • The short section of footpath between the Kent Terrace crossing and the Basin Reserve has been widened from 2.5m to 4m and turned into a shared path (the proposed separate 2m-wide footpath between the Basin Reserve and Cambridge Terrace has not gone ahead at this stage).
  • Three 10-hour pay and display car parks were removed on the Pukeahu side of Kent Terrace.
  • The zebra crossing outside the northern gates of the Basin Reserve has been made safer with a raised platform on the short section of Buckle Street and Ellice Street.
  • The kerb has been extended at the southern end of Kent Terrace, next to the left-hand traffic lane, to reduce the distance for people using the crossing and provide more space on the footpath outside 80 Kent Terrace (occupied by LED R US).
  • The footpath around the corner of Kent Terrace and Ellice Street (from the crossing to Hania Street) is now a shared path. 
  • The Council will be talking with the NZ Transport Agency to see if it is possible to seal the lime path through the little park area, and make it pedestrian-only.

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 a proposal to make the footpath a shared path on 23 November 2017.

Read the Traffic Resolution Report that went out for consultation, and the feedback below.

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