Following open days and community feedback about routes in 2016, we’ve worked closely with three eastern suburbs community working groups.
The working groups spent many hours poring over plans, asking questions, looking at things from a range of different perspectives, debating the pros and cons, grappling with challenges and trade-offs, thinking about all the possibilities, and whittling down the alternatives. They talked about parking, resident and business needs, trees, heritage features, lane widths, safer speeds, driveways, existing safety issues, pedestrian crossings, intersections and bus stops. They looked at over 100 options and identified 89 viable options that could be developed (5-10 options per street). These were further whittled down to a short list.
In September 2017, Wellingtonians had the opportunity to comment on 26 short-listed options (1-3 options per street) for more than 11 streets in Kilbirnie and the connection to Newtown. Options for streets in Miramar and the Evans Bay Parade route around the harbour were also part of this engagement.
More than 400 people attended open days at ASB Sports Centre, and 582 people made online or written submissions.The Council analysed the feedback to help determine which design for the various streets to progress, and then sought final feedback on revised proposals in late 2018. This included more open days at the ASB Sports Centre.
Decisions on which options to progress were influenced by what people told us, the funding available, more detailed information about likely costs for the different projects, and a desire to start with busy sections that will make the biggest contribution to the planned network.