A city fit for the future 

Wellington is growing, and more people will be living in apartments or townhouses – in suburban areas on main transport routes as well as the central city. We’re already starting to see these kinds of changes in the Kilbirnie area. 

To support this growth, we’re changing to a more sustainable transport system that will reduce harmful emissions and give new residents better options for how they can get around. 

Our goal is to be a city where people of all ages and abilities can move easily and freely by bike or bus. These essential street changes will make it easier for more of us to be less reliant on our cars. 

New routes and connections 

Paneke Pōneke is our plan for a citywide network of connected bike/scooter routes that will be combined with improvements for people walking and taking the bus.  

The new bike routes planned in this area will fill gaps in the Kilbirnie network, complementing and better connecting the bike paths and lanes that are already in place.  

The new connections will make it easier and safer to get places in the neighbourhood, including Kilbirnie shops, Lyall Bay beach, cafes and businesses, the airport, Kilbirnie pool, daycare centres, schools and sportsfields, and the hub of recreational and sports facilities at Kilbirnie Park. They’ll also make it easier to get to the ASB Sports Centre and across Cobham Drive to Tahitai, the waterfront pathways connecting to the city, Miramar and Te Motu Kairangi (Miramar Peninsula). 

People in this area of all ages and abilities are benefiting from the changes that have already been made, and these will make Kilbirnie, Rongotai and Lyall Bay even better places to live now and in the future.  

We're working on designs now that we'll be able to share with the community in early 2023. 

Information about related projects completed or previously planned in the Kilbirnie area. 

Experience the changes, then tell us what you think

We'll be seeking community feedback on the plans for the proposed new connections in early 2023 before Councillors make a final decision. If approved, work to install these routes with adaptable materials is likely to begin in mid-2023.  

Once all the changes are in, we’ll be working hard to gather feedback and data on how it’s going and improve things such as signs, street markings, and parking.   

The changes won’t be perfect or include much landscaping, but will enable more people to go by bike or e-scooter. Based on feedback and data, more permanent changes will follow in the next 5-10 years.   

Rongotai/Onepu intersection upgrade

In addition to the new bike routes and connections being planned, we will be getting on with an upgrade of the intersection of Rongotai Road, Onepu Road and Evans Bay Parade this summer.  

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