The aim of Wellington's bike network plan is to create a strategic citywide network of connected bike routes in order to improve safety for people on bikes, incrase the role of cycling in the transport network, and improve environmental and health outcomes.
Our transport planners developed a long list of possible options for how this route could be improved, looking at things from a range of different perspectives, thinking about all the possibilities and what could be achieved in line with best practice national guidance.
For the length of Kaiwharawhara Road, the options were whittled down to three viable options:
Option 3 scored the highest however following a detailed parking survey, we’ve gone with a mix of options 1 and 3.
Things that were considered included connections for bikes, safety for people walking, bus improvements, street widths, intersections, and the effect on parking.
We also considered the medium-to-long term shift to low carbon transport for the residents and businesses along the route, the importance of parking, particularly for Kaiwharawhara businesses, and the need to upgrade the Kaiwharawhara Bridle Path to better cater for people walking and biking.
Things that weren’t part of the assessment of the long list included using a route away from Ngaio Gorge and extensive changes to kerbs to make more space.
Following a detailed parking assessment along the route, and engagement with local residents and businesses, we decided to take a staged approach to making improvements along Kaiwharawhara Road. This will give businesses time to adjust to the changes, which we considered is necessary because of a lack of alternative parking available.
For Ngaio Gorge Road we looked at two options:
For both options we also identified the need for a pedestrian crossing across Ngaio Gorge Road near Perth Street where a lot of people cross the road to get to bus stops.
Because of narrow road widths in places, we have decided to go for a mix of options 1 and 2.
The main considerations are the width of the road and the space required by large vehicles like buses so they don't cross the centre line around corners. This means it's not possible to install separators for the bike lane all the way up Ngaio Gorge Road.
For these two streets the main options considered were:
All three options include improving the pedestrian crossing on Crofton Road. Changes to the design of the roundabout by Ngaio Town Hall is out of scope for this project.
Option 1 scored the highest.
Kenya Street and Crofton Road have sufficient space for cars to be parked on the downhill side only. Kenya Street is generally narrow and it is difficult for buses, cars, and people on bikes to get past each other when cars are parked on both sides.
Traffic flow would be improved by removing parking from one side and replacing it with a separated bike lane where there is room, and a painted bike lane where lane widths are constrained. Most houses on the uphill side of Kenya Street have off-street space for cars.
This will improve things for everyone travelling along these streets.
Many people on bikes use Cameron Street to commute to work via the Khandallah Bridle Path, which is designated as a shared path.
Three options were considered:
Option 1 scored the highest. However, we have decided there is not enough space in places for a bike lane, and have agreed with Waka Kotahi to trial the new street layout for bikes and cars.
The considerations for Cameron Street are that it is a narrow street leading to a long shared path. Apart from local residents, almost everyone biking on Cameron Street also bikes on Kaiwharawhara Bridle Path. So, we decided to make some minor improvements to that shared path aimed at lowering the average speed of people on bikes.
Explore all the options we considered for this project. Full analysis report avalaible.Read more
We are proposing to phase this project over three years to allow businesses and visitors time to adjust to the changesRead more
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