The proposal – to complete Tahitai and the eastern connection

The proposed changes will improve the look and feel of this area, and create more space for people. They include:

  • separate paths for people walking and biking consistent with the new paths on Evans Bay Parade closer to the city and in Kilbirnie
  • raised pedestrian crossings which will make it easier for people to cross the road and help to encourage safer speeds, particularly in the busy Greta Point area
  • landscape and urban design improvements on the seaward side between Cog Park and Greta Point.

Proposal at a glance

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The route

We’re proposing changes that will make more space for people and give everyone better access to this amazing coastal area.

Impacts

  • A completed coastal walking and biking route between Miramar and the central city, and improve the connection to Kilbirnie shops
  • More of us will be able to walk or bike
  • New raised pedestrian crossings will provide more safe places to cross and encourage safer speeds
  • Bus stop changes will make bus trips faster overall, with better spacing between bus stops and improved or new shelters
  • Parking changes will make it easier for more people to access businesses and some recreation facilities in the Greta Point area, and give more room for buses to pull in and out

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Changes for people walking

A separate footpath and two-way bike path are proposed to replace the existing shared path between Greta Point and Cobham Drive, including through Cog Park. There will be three new raised crossings, two of these in the busy Greta Point area.

The new paths will complete the coastal route between Miramar and the central city, and to Kilbirnie shops, and make this area more accessible for everyone.

Impacts

  • 2m–2.5m-wide concrete footpath
  • 2.5m–3m-wide two-way asphalt bike path
  • Dedicated footpath through Cog Park, replacing the existing lime chip shared path (the path may also be paved to make it more accessible)
  • Two new raised pedestrian crossings in the Greta Point area (near the childcare centres and the café), replacing the existing pedestrian refuge islands, to make it easier and safer for people to get to homes, businesses and the seaward side
  • Raised pedestrian crossings near the dog park and Hataitai beach, replacing the existing crossings
  • New raised crossing for pedestrians and bikes over the slip lane at the Cobham Drive intersection
  • All crossings will have new kerbs, ramps and tactile pavers
  • Raised pedestrian crossings will help to encourage safer speeds, particularly in the Greta Point area
  • People on bikes will have to slow down and give way to pedestrians  
  • Better visibility at driveways on the seaward side, with new signs to remind drivers to look out for people walking and biking
  • The landscaped area between Greta Point and Cog Park will be more pleasant and accessible for everyone, with a new ramp replacing the steps down to the lower level, new paving, seats and timber decking
  • Improved lighting in some places along the route

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Changes for people riding bikes

A two-way bike path and a separate footpath are proposed to replace the existing shared path between Greta Point and Cobham Drive, including through Cog Park. The new paths would complete the coastal route between Miramar to the central city, improve the connection to Kilbirnie shops and encourage more people of all ages and abilities to walk or bike. 

Impacts

  • 2.5m–3m-wide two-way asphalt bike path
  • 2m–2.5m-wide concrete footpath
  • 0.8m–1.4m-wide buffer between the bike path and the road
  • New two-way bike path through Cog Park (the existing lime chip shared path will become a dedicated footpath)
  • Better visibility at driveways for bike riders and drivers, with new pavement markings and signs
  • With new pedestrian crossings going in along the route, riders will have to slow down and give way to people walking
  • Red pavement markings at bus stops will let riders know to slow down and look out for people getting on and off buses
  • New crossing over the slip lane at the Cobham Drive intersection for bikes and pedestrians, to improve safety and connect with the two-way bike path on the St Patrick's College side to the Kilbirnie shops
  • More new bike parking 
  • Improved lighting in some places

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Changes for people using the bus

We’re working with Greater Wellington Regional Council to make bus trips quicker and more reliable. For this project, we have looked at the number and spacing of bus stops on this part of the number 24 bus route and are proposing some changes. 

Impacts

  • Three of the seven pairs of bus stops along this section of the route would be removed to make bus trips quicker and more reliable  
  • Everyone living in the area will have a bus stop within five minutes of their home 
  • The pair of bus stops nearest to Cobham Drive will move slightly closer towards the intersection
  • Improving the remaining bus stops will be considered as part of detailed design, including better or new shelters and making it easier for buses to pull in and out at bus stops
  • Buses would stop in the traffic lane at the bus stops near NIWA and Evans Bay Yacht Club (as they already do at other bus stops on this route) to reduce delays
  • In-lane bus stops help to make bus journeys faster because buses don’t have to wait for a gap to pull out into the traffic
  • New bus stop layouts on the seaward side, similar to bus stops north of Greta Point, with red pavement markings and space by the kerb where passengers can safely get on and off the bus

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Changes for people driving

The proposed changes will make more space for people on this busy transport route and encourage more of us to walk or bike or take the bus. Raised pedestrian crossings will help to encourage safer speeds and make things easier and safer for people who live or work here, and for the many Wellingtonians who use this area for recreation or as part of their commute.

Impacts

  • Painted median removed in the Greta Point area to make space for people walking and biking and to retain parking
  • Traffic lanes will vary in width (as they do now), between 3.2m and 4.3m wide 
  • Narrower traffic lanes through the Greta Point area
  • Wider lanes in the Hataitai beach and Evans Bay Yacht Club area to improve visibility and so buses and other large vehicles do not have to cross the centre line
  • New ‘slow zone’ road markings through the Greta Point area 
  • Parking changes in the Greta Point and Cog Park area – about seven extra spaces, new time restrictions for the seaward-side parking, two spaces removed outside the café to make room for one of the new pedestrian crossings
  • Parking changes in the Hataitai beach and yacht club area – parking removed on both sides of the street between the Hataitai beach end of Cog Park and the northern end of Evans Bay Marina, to make this area work better for everyone 
  • Drivers will have to wait behind buses at the bus stops near NIWA and the yacht club, where buses will stop in the traffic lane
  • In-lane bus stops help to make bus journeys faster because buses don’t have to wait for a gap to pull out into the traffic
  • Three new pedestrian crossings (two in the Greta Point area and one at the Cobham Drive slip lane)
  • All pedestrian crossings will be raised to encourage safer speeds

Find out more about parking changes 

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Other changes of interest

Landscape and urban design improvements on the seaward side between Cog Park and Greta Point will make this area more accessible. The improvements will enhance the Evans Bay Patent Slip and provide more places to stop and enjoy the view.

Impacts

  • A new ramp from the footpath (at street level) will replace the existing steps down to the landscaped area and walking path 
  • New paving, seats and timber decking
  • New bike and scooter parking
  • New drinking fountain, similar to the fountains along other parts of Te Aranui o Pōneke / the Great Harbour Way
  • Urban design changes will highlight the historic Evans Bay Patent Slip
  • Improved lighting in some places
  • One pohutukawa tree in Cog Park will need to be relocated and some other trees in the park could also be relocated or replaced
  • More trees could be added
  • Self-sown trees in the retaining walls and low seawalls around the marina area will be removed as part of upgrading these walls
  • A new balustrade will match the balustrade already installed closer to the city 

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Have your say – the proposed design

We’ve talked with a wide range of people, businesses, groups and organisations in the past year to try to find the best way to balance different needs and aspirations on this stretch of the coastal route.

Draft plans – and the related draft traffic changes (resolutions) that would be necessary to make them happen – are now available for feedback.

Let us know what you think by 5pm, Tuesday 12 October 2021.

Have your say

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Proposed improvements

Artist impressions of the proposed changes between Greta Point and Cobham Drive

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Cog Park map

See the draft plans

Download a full pdf of the draft plans

Evans Bay stage 2 plans Sept 2021 (22 MB)