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. The 2021 Spatial Plan allows for more medium density living in the outer suburbs like Ngaio.

To support this growth, we’re changing to a more sustainable transport system that will reduce harmful emissions and give new and current residents more choices 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 foot, bike, scooter, or public transport, and free up space for those who need to drive. Ngaio is 5.5km from Wellington central, making it about a 20-minute bike ride into the city.

The route – the most important connections

Paneke Pōneke is our plan for a citywide bike network that will be delivered alongside improvements for people walking, scooting, and taking the bus.

The Ngaio connections route will be part of the northern connection from the central city to Ngaio, Khandallah and Johnsonville, and make it safer and easier for more people to bike and scoot.

We’re using adaptable materials so we can quickly install changes once the design is improved. This means people can start using the route sooner, then make decisions 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.

Share your thoughts on the current route

We're keen to understand how people are currently using this route, any difficulties or safety concerns that we should consider, and how satisfied people are with the current layout.

We're also gathering data such as traffic counts, safety data, speeds, and bike and bus trips. We'll use the data that we're gathering now, and in the future, to help us understand the impact of any changes we might make to the street. 

If street changes on this route are installed, we'll ask some of these questions again to give us an understanding of what improvements have been made.

If you have a couple of minutes to share your thoughts, please fill in the survey.

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Experience the changes, then tell us what you think

We'll be working on designs now that we'll be able to share with the community later this year. We'll be seeking your feedback before taking the plans to Councillors for approval. If approved by Council, work to install this route with adaptable materials is likely to begin in 2023.

Once all the changes are 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. These improvements will need some time for people to adapt, particularly for people working in the Kaiwharawhara area. We'll be supporting businesses to work together to decide how they can collectively make the best use of the off-street parking available in the area.

The changes won’t be perfect or include much landscaping, but will enable more people to go by bike, e-scooter, or bus, while still leaving space for freight and people who need to drive. Based on feedback and data, more permanent changes will follow in the next 5-10 years.

Preparing for the future – more choices 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 day care, local shops, or sports and recreation.

Stay in touch and get involved

Once the new bike and bus lanes are in, and we’ve ironed out any initial issues, the public survey will go live, and people can give feedback on how well things are working and what can be improved or adapted. We’re keen to keep hearing from people using them.

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

Evaluating the changes

If the changes are installed, 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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