A city fit for the future

Karori Connections is the Karori section of Wellington's bus, bike, and pedestrian network. It will provide safer, easier connections between Karori, Marsden and Botanic Garden ki Paekākā.

With four schools, the city’s busiest bus route, and three shopping areas on Karori main road, we need to free up Karori streets so everyone in the community can get to school, work and back home safely and easily.

With stretched bus capacity, busy roads, and more people moving to the area, Karori’s streets are in danger of grinding to a halt. Let’s free up Karori streets for the people who need to drive, by creating safer, easier connections for people who want to bus, walk, bike.

The Karori Connections route

The main bike, bus and pedestrian improvements we’re looking at will likely be from Karori West Normal School, along Karori Road, all the way to the Botanic Gardens. This is the route most buses take, and a direct route to key destinations for most people. Secondary bike routes will follow Birdwood Street, Friend Street, and South Karori Road. 

The improvements we’re planning for bus and pedestrian connections would be made using permanent materials, while the bike improvements we’re looking at will be made using adaptable materials. This will allow people to start using the route sooner, then give feedback to help refine the route once it's installed and in use.

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Karori Connections brings together the following partners to deliver an integrated transport solution for Karori:

  • Wellington City Council
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving
  • Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency - Climate Emergency Response Fund.

Karori Connections bike improvements are funded by the Transport Choices programme. Transport Choices is part of the Government’s $1.2b Climate Emergency Response Fund, formed out of the Emissions Reduction Plan and Budget 2022 to make it easier for people to participate in a low carbon transport system.  

To create healthier, safer, and more equitable environments across Aotearoa New Zealand, we must shift how we travel.

What happens next?

Arrows show the steps of the process. 1. Design. 2. Community check-in and Council decision. 3. Installation. 4. Experience it and tell us what you think. 5. Adapt and adjust the changes.

At the moment, we’re working with technical experts and meeting with key organisations and businesses in the area to help inform the draft designs for Karori Connections. 

As part of learning about the local context, we're keen to hear about how you and your whānau  experience getting around Karori, and to the city. Your feedback will help us to get the draft designs for Karori Connections right. 

We’ll be able to share the draft designs with Karori community later this year. We'll seek your feedback on these before taking a final proposals to the Council for approval. If approved, work to install these improvements will likely begin in 2024. 

Then, once all the improvements are installed, we’ll ask for your feedback and collect information to refine things such as signs, street markings, and parking. 

Tell us about your current experiences of this route

We’re gathering thoughts on things like how safe people feel using the current route, how the bus stops are working and the ways people move to, from and around Karori. We would love to hear how you currently experience this route, so we can better understand the area and evaluate the changes.

This survey will take about five minutes to complete. 

Share your current experience travelling in Karori

Stay in touch and get involved

We're keen to involve the community as we go, so we will be sending updates when there are opportunities to get involved or have your say.  

To stay in touch with project progress, sign up to the mailing list.   

If you have questions about this project, you can email the project team at karoriconnections@wcc.govt.nz 

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Wellington is expected to grow over the next 30 years, which will dramatically affect the way our city looks, feels, and operates. If we continue at our current rate of car use, our transport network will grind to a halt.  

Our goal is to be a city where people of all ages and abilities can move easily and freely in low-carbon ways. These essential street changes will make it easier for more of us to be less reliant on our cars. 

We’re rebalancing our existing street space to make it safer and easier for people to walk, ride, scoot, or use public transport. The changes we’re developing will take time to get used to, but we need to adapt to make sure we can still get around.  

In line with Council strategies, policies, and plans, we have developed Paneke Pōneke, a citywide bike network plan. Changes as part of Paneke Pōneke will happen alongside improvements for people walking, scooting, and taking the bus. 

Making it safe and easy to bike, walk, and use public transport for everyday trips is key to rapidly cutting emissions in Wellington. It’s vital that we create a connected network, particularly for beginners and less confident riders, as well as people who are experienced riders, so that more of us can get around more often in low carbon ways.

The following strategies, policies, plans and research provide the context for the development of a safe, connected and high-quality bike network alongside other sustainable transport improvements. 

Sustainable transport hierarchy

Our sustainable hierarchy was first adopted in the Urban Growth Plan 2015 (now superseded by the Spatial Plan). The hierarchy prioritises movement by walking, biking, and public transport, so that our city’s streets work better for people.

An inverted pyramid details the sustainable hierarchy in this order: walking, cycling and micro-mobility (including shared e-scooters, e-bikes, e-mopeds), public transport (trains, buses, light rail, ferries), delivery vehicles, car sharing and pool vehicles, rideshare and taxis, private vehicles and motorcycles, and aircraft.

Paneke Pōneke Bike Network Plan 2022

The bike network will connect suburbs to the city centre and destinations, helping to get people of various ages and abilities from where they live to where they work, study, shop, and play. Paneke Pōneke, Wellington’s bike network plan, was adopted in March 2022. 

Paneke Pōneke 2022

We consulted on the bike network plan between 2 November – 14 December 2021 as part of the Our City Tomorrow engagement. This engagement also included the draft District Plan and options for mass rapid transit routes through Let’s Get Wellington Moving.

Long-term Plan 2021-2031

The Long-term Plan updated the city outcomes and priority objectives. It also provided $226 million over 10 years to develop a bike network. This is supported by investments in Let's Get Wellington Moving, which will provide for safe biking in the city centre and key corridors connecting to the city centre.

Long-term Plan 2021-2031

Spatial Plan 2021

The Spatial Plan 2021 provides a blueprint for more housing to accommodate a growing population over the next 30 years. This includes supporting tens of thousands more people to live in the inner-city suburbs and within walking distance of the city centre and rapid transport stops.

A well-connected walking and biking network is key to accommodating more people in the city without adding to car congestion or putting pressure on our bus services.

Spatial Plan 2021

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wellington Regional Land Transport Plan 2021

This plan sets out the strategic direction for transport investment across the Greater Wellington region, including targets to reduce transport emissions and increase the proportion of people walking, biking, and using public transport.

Wellington Regional Land Transport Plan 2021

Parking Policy 2020

The Parking Policy provides a framework to guide future decision-making on the management of all Council-controlled parking spaces, and how parking supports achieving the vision for Wellington. The Parking Policy refers to the sustainable transport hierarchy, which gives highest priority to active modes of transport, such as walking, biking, and public transport. This means that when we make decisions on using road space, these active modes take a higher priority to parking.

Parking Policy 2020

Te Atakura First to Zero Blueprint and Implementation Plan 2019

We aim to become a net zero carbon city by 2050. Road transport emissions represent 34% of our city’s emissions – making them the single biggest source. Electric vehicles alone can’t solve this problem, given their relative expense. Making it safe and easy to bike, walk, and use public transport for everyday trips is key to rapidly cutting emissions in Wellington.

Te Atakura - First to Zero Blueprint and Implementation Plan 2019

Previous cycling strategic documents

  • Wellington Cycle Network Strategic Case 2015: This outlines the challenges related to cycling and how achieving the objectives will benefit Wellingtonians. 

  • Cycling Framework 2015: This set out a decision-making process for the bike network and how it would be developed. It should be noted that design guidelines for what makes a safe bike lane are continually being developed and we expect to take account of current guidance as we plan improvements.

  • Cycling Demand Analysis 2014: This research investigated how different types of cycling infrastructure is likely to affect the numbers of people choosing to cycle in Wellington and assessed the demand for improvements.