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. 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.

The route – the most important 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 Newtown to city route is part of the southern connection to Island Bay and will make it safer for many more people to bike/scoot between Wellington Hospital and the waterfront (at Kent Terrace).

We're using adaptable materials so people can use the route, make suggestions, and help to refine the designs once they're installed. Making changes in this way will help to get the bike network in place as quickly as possible so more people can benefit.  

Experience the changes, then tell us what you think

After some preliminary work on Adelaide Road and near John Street, installing a first cut of the whole route using adaptable materials will happen over several months from May, starting at Mein Street. Once it’s in, we’ll be working hard to gather feedback on how it’s going and improve things such as signs, street markings, parking and the position of dividers between the bike lanes and traffic.

The installation won’t be perfect or include much landscaping but will encourage a lot more people to go by bike, e-scooter or skateboard between Newtown and the central city. In the future, these changes will be made permanent as part of Let's Get Wellington Moving's plans for mass rapid transit.

Preparing for the future – more choice for more people

The changes along these streets will make things safer and easier for everyone using this busy route. Whether you walk, cycle or catch the bus, more people will have more choice for how they can get to and from work, school or tertiary study, dropping kids at daycare, shops, Wellington Hospital and related health services, sports and recreation.

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Got questions about this project? Email the team: info@wcc.govt.nz

What to expect during installation

From early May, work will be underway on Riddiford Street near Wellington Hospital to start installing new bike lanes, bus lanes and platforms at bus stops.

Depending on weather and uncertainties due to Covid-19, installation on the Riddiford Street section, from Mein Street to John Street, will take about four weeks. Installation on Adelaide Road to Rugby Street (at the Basin Reserve) will follow, from the John Street end.

Installation of the two-way bike lane on Cambridge Terrace will happen from about July.

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  • Starting on Riddiford Street, between Mein and John streets, the street layout will start to change as the new bike and bus lanes are installed.
  • Car parking will be removed over about the first two nights.
  • Riddiford St loading zone (near John St intersection) will be relocated to the inside of the Hospital entrance driveway. 

  • There will be new road markings. 
  • Rubber separators and posts will be bolted to the road surface between the new bike and bus lanes. Low rubber speed humps that can easily be driven over will be attached to the road surface at driveways.
  • Purpose-built raised platforms and ramps made of modular recycled material will be assembled and installed at bus stops.
  • Apart from the initial overnight work to remove parking, hours will generally be 9am to 4pm.
  • Cones and barriers will be in place where required but people will still be able to get to the hospital and other health services, and shops and businesses in the vicinity.
  • A temporary 30km/h speed limit will be in place where work is happening, so please drive slowly and carefully.
  • Pedestrians will still be able to use the route but please follow the directions of the crew when passing through the work site.
  • People on bikes will have to ride in the bus or traffic lane until each section of the route is complete and fully open but please follow the directions of the crew and ride slowly through the work site.
  • Bus services will run as usual – some bus stops will be moved slightly where work is happening.
  • Emergency services will be given priority.
  • Residents and/or business owners will have access to their properties.
  • If you are expecting a delivery or have a tradesperson needing access, let the crew on site know and they will allow them through the work site.
  • Rubbish collection and recycling will continue as usual but may be subject to wider Covid-related collection changes.

From early May 2022:

  • Car parking on Riddiford Street between Mein and John streets will be removed over about two nights from the start of work and new lane markings painted in line with the new street layout and parking changes.
  • Posts and separators between the lanes will be progressively installed, along with the new platforms and ramps at bus stops.
  • The Riddiford Street section will take about four weeks.
  • Similar changes will be made on Adelaide Road between John Street and Rugby Street (at the Basin Reserve).

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.  


In this webinar (recorded on 15 March) you can meet the team and learn about important street changes that are part of the city's goal to be a net zero carbon capital by 2050. We talk you through two projects - Newtown to the city and the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā to the city. The Council's City Design Manager, Vida Christeller, and project lead Renee Corlett share information about the designs and when the changes will happen. The webinar includes a question and answer session, how you can provide feedback on the street changes once they're made and how to keep in contact with the project team.

Evaluating the changes

Once the changes are in, we’ll be monitoring and evaluating community feedback, local economic data, travel times for buses and traffic and use of short-term parking and loading zones. 

Longer term, we’ll be tracking things like numbers of people riding bikes and taking the bus, diversity of people on bikes (age and gender), whether more people think the changes are positive, and kilometres of infrastructure installed per year and how long it takes to get things in. 

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