A city fit for the future

We’re proposing to rebalance our existing street space to make it safer and easier for people to walk, ride, and use public transport. The Ngaio connection is the first part of the northern connection of Paneke Pōneke - joining from the central city to Ngaio, Crofton Downs, Khandallah and Johnsonville.  

The route - the most important connections

This 2.9km route will make it easier for more people to bike/scoot from the Hutt Road up Kaiwharawhara Road and Ngaio Gorge Road to Crofton Road, and up Cameron Street to the Kaiwharawhara Bridle Path.  

We are planning to take a staged approach to installing the route between 2023 and 2025, as the proposed changes will have impacts on parking. We want to support businesses by giving them time to adapt through the transition, as there are limited alternative carparking options.  

We would use adaptable materials so we can quickly install changes if the design is approved. This means people can start using the route sooner, then make suggestions to help 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.  

The changes we’re looking at right now will be interim improvements – so they won’t be perfect or include much landscaping but will make it safer, easier and quicker for more people to walk, bike, or bus. The designs have been developed with technical experts and have incorporated feedback from key stakeholders and businesses along the route.  

Overall, the changes along these streets will make things safer and easier for people using this busy route and provide more options for how people can get to and from work, school, or tertiary study, drop kids at day care, visit local shops or sports and recreation. 

How to be involved

We’ve worked with technical experts and met with key stakeholders and businesses along the route to help inform the proposed changes for this route.  

Consultation on these proposed changes was open from Monday 31 October until 5pm Monday 21 November.

We're taking the feedback from everyone who submitted and the proposed changes to Councillors for approval. If approved by Council, work to install this route with adaptable materials would likely to begin in the first half of 2023.  

We would also work hard to gather feedback and data on how it’s going, so we can improve things such as signs, street markings, and parking.

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Stay in touch and get involved

We're keen to involve the community as we go, so we will be sending updates when there are opportunities to get involved or have your say.

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Got questions about the project? Email ngaioconnections@wcc.govt.nz

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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. 

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