Complete: Rugby Street uphill bike lane

An uphill bike lane has been installed on Rugby Street at the Basin Reserve roundabout. This protected lane provides a safer connection for people riding from Adelaide Road up to Tasman Street.

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  • The bike lane is protected with a rubber buffer and marker poles.
  • The traffic island near the intersection of Rugby Street and Belfast Street was modified to create space for the bike lane.
  • Six parking spaces on the left-hand side near the top of Rugby Street were removed.
How this will help

The bike lane is an interim improvement to make things safer for people riding into the city via Adelaide Road. 

The section of the Basin roundabout between Adelaide Road and Belfast Street is part of State Highway 1 and used by about 19,300 vehicles a day. About 2500 vehicles a day use the top part of Rugby Street between Belfast Street and Tasman Street. 

The tight bend, constrained space and high traffic volumes near the intersection of Adelaide Road and Rugby Street make it difficult to find a way of improving things for people cycling downhill from Tasman Street to Adelaide Road.

However, we will continue to look for a long-term solution as we consider routes and bike improvements through Newtown and Mt Cook.

This is one of a series of changes to improve connections and make it safer and easier for people to get places in the central city by bike.  

Incremental changes like these – combined with the more substantial changes planned as part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project – will together help create a better cycling network.

  • The feedback period on the traffic changes (resolutions) related to this proposal was 25 July to 11 August 2017.
  • Councillors approved the proposal on 14 September 2017.

Read the traffic resolution report that went out for consultation.

Central city

See the improvements we're considering for the central city. Following public consultation, some of these changes have been completed.

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