We started with preliminary changes near the intersection of John Street, Adelaide Road and Riddiford Street. This included realigning the kerb at the crossing over Riddiford Street, repositioning the traffic signal pole, and putting in a new pedestrian kerb ramp and tactile pavers.
Other changes at the intersection of Adelaide Road and Hospital Road include replacing the median island and traffic lights in the centre of Adelaide Road with a new extended signal pole on the Hospital Road side to make the traffic lights more visible and create more space for the bus and bike lanes.
Councillors gave approval to consult on a connected citywide bike network that will make streets safer and healthier for everyone, at a meeting of Pūroro Āmua – the Planning and Environment Committee – on 23 September 2021.
At the same meeting, Councillors also voted to get going quickly on two of the critical routes in the bike network - between Newtown and the city and the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā and the city - and develop these using adaptable materials so people can use them, make suggestions, and help to refine the design once they're installed.
Engagement with businesses on the Newtown and Botanic Garden ki Paekākā to city routes started in November 2021.
We worked with a stakeholder group to develop the design options and wider feedback was gathered via a public survey. Data on things like parking use and numbers of people on bikes and buses is being gathered now so we can evaluate the changes in the future.
The bike network plan, Paneke Pōneke, was approved by Councillors on 10 March 2022 following consultation in late 2021.