Community Brief

Brief from the Newtown Connections community to project designers

This brief was written (by Wellington City Council, on behalf of the community) based on feedback received from approximately 770 people during the first phase of community engagement.

Options produced for the project will be scored against the objectives in this brief and the Council’s Cycling Programme objectives. The scoring, along with consideration of the effects of the options such as cost and impact on the transport network including parking, and the views expressed during future community engagement on this project, will help the Council make decisions for the Newtown Connections area.

What is the main goal of this brief?

This brief provides designers with information to be used in the design process for making it safer and easier for people who ride bikes.

What is this brief based on?

This brief is based on the Newtown Connections project feedback, collected by Wellington City Council through public engagement from 5 June to 17 July 2018. The feedback is summarised in this brief and the Community Engagement Feedback Analysis Report (4.9MB PDF).

Who is this project for?

It is for people who live, work, study, visit, or travel to or through the Newtown Connections area, and for the wider city.

What is the vision for this work?

Mt Cook, Newtown and Berhampore are great places to live and spend time. Places where everyone can feel safe, accepted and supported through better and healthier transport design.

What are the community objectives?

This project is primarily about making biking safer and easier for more people. Based on the feedback, the community have told us to: 

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Provide connected facilities for people biking through and around Newtown, Mt Cook and Berhampore

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Provide safe cycle facilities

 


When developing the above, the community seeks to:
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Improve the safety of facilities for people walking through and around the area

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Make it easier and safer for people to cross roads in the area 

 

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Contribute to reducing car congestion in the area by creating better facilities that encourage more people to bike, walk, and take the bus

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Minimise the impact on parking, especially for residents and businesses

 

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Encourage more people to use the bus by providing bus lanes, rationalising bus stop locations, and creating opportunities to let buses go first at some traffic lights

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Create opportunities to improve safe access, seating and shelter at bus stops


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Preserve, or create opportunities to enhance the special character of the Newtown, Berhampore, and Mount Cook areas

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Create opportunities to improve the key locations identified in the data analysis from the Newtown Connections community engagement

 

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Create opportunities to improve the key streets identified in data analysis from the Newtown Connections community engagement









 

What are the main design challenges that need to be solved?

The Newtown Connections area is complex and diverse with a variety of design challenges. Designers need to consider the full spectrum of challenges and meet them wherever practical. Many of these challenges are highlighted in the Community Engagement Feedback Analysis Report.

Below are the key locations and streets highlighted in the Community Engagement Feedback Analysis Report (4.9MB PDF):

Create opportunities to improve these key locations identified in data analysis from the Newtown Connections community engagement (objective 8):

  • The Basin Reserve roundabout
  • The Adelaide/Riddiford/John St intersection
  • Around the Wellington Regional Hospital
  • Newtown town centre including the intersections of Mein Street, Rintoul Street and Constable
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  • Berhampore town centre

Create opportunities to improve these key streets identified in data analysis from the Newtown Connections community engagement (objective 9):

  • Adelaide Road
  • Riddiford Street
  • Mein Street
  • Rintoul Street
  • Constable Street

 

To understand how we developed this brief and how the objectives will be measured, read the Community objectives report (4MB PDF):

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