This is a primary route as part of the bike network plan, and connects to the existing Hutt Road to city route, and planned future connections to Crofton Downs and Wadestown and Johnsonville via Khandallah.
On 23 September 2021, Councillors gave approval to consult on a connected citywide bike network that will make streets safer and healthier for everyone.
Officers had been asked to look at how the delivery of a bike network could be accelerated, and a new approach was developed to deliver the proposed routes faster.
The transitional programme approach uses adaptable materials so that interim improvements can be installed quickly, so people can start using the routes faster, and then give feedback so the route changes can be refined further for future permanent improvements.
This new approach and the full bike network plan, Paneke Pōneke, went out for consultation in November 2021, and was approved by Councillors on 10 March 2022.
Through Paneke Pōneke and the Bus Priority Action Plan, the transitional programme is rebalancing how we use our existing street space to give people more options for how they get around.
These changes will make it easier for people on bikes, scooters, and buses to move safely around the city.
From June 2022, we began engaging with residents and businesses about planned bus and bike improvements along this route.
Following discussions with groups in the community and stakeholders, we included the following changes in our designs:
- Proposing a staged approach to Kaiwharawhara businesses can adapt to parking changes and consider new ways of using off street parking space, using clearways during busier times during first two stages
- Installing a 8am-4pm loading zone at the bottom of Ngaio Gorge
- Removing two car parks at the bottom of Cameron Street to make it safer for everyone
- Changes to parking restrictions along Cameron Street to detract long stay cars from other suburbs
- Changing to an uphill cycle shoulder on Cameron Street to guide people to the Kaiwharawhara Bridle Path
- Changing 50km/h to 30 km/h for safer speeds on Cameron Street
- Extending the 30km/h zone from the Ngaio shops through to Crofton Road
- Installing a new raised pedestrian crossing and raising the existing pedestrian crossing on Kenya Street and top of Ngaio Gorge Road to make it easier to get to bus stops and cross streets
- Removing car parks on the south side of Kenya Street to make bus trips faster and easier.
As part of our engagement, we’ve worked closely with groups in the community and stakeholders to make changes to the proposed design.
These groups have included:
- Bus Driver Union members
- Cameron Street residents
- Cycle Wellington
- Disability action groups
- CCS Disability Action
- Blind and Low Vision
- Greater Wellington Regional Council
- Kaiwharawhara businesses
- Let's Get Wellington Moving
- Living Streets Aotearoa
- Ngaio businesses
- Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency