We're making improvements for people on foot and on bikes

The new bike path on Oriental Parade was officially opened on 11 December 2018. Sections of green and red surfacing and further markings will be added to the bike path in early 2019 once the asphalt has had time to cure.

The short section of pathway on Oriental Parade between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool was too narrow at busy times to safely accommodate the large numbers walking, biking and running – so we've changed the layout on the road side of the trees to provide more space for people.

The new two-way bike path being built here connects with the wider shared path beyond the pool, and will form part of improved bike connections between the city and eastern suburbs. It has freed up more space on the seaward side for people on foot, making this area safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

The reconstruction of this 350m section was completed during December 2018. View the construction details.

Councillors unanimously approved the project in April 2018 following a year-long community engagement process. 

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Project timeline and construction updates

Keep up to date with how the project is going, and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.

11 December 2018 Path officially opened

10 September 2018: Construction begins More Less

Work is expected to get under way this week. Construction fencing will be going up. From this day, it will no longer be possible to use the citybound bus stop near Herd Street.

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19 April 2018: Oriental Parade bike path approved by Councillors More Less

Councillors on the City Strategy Committee approved plans for a two-way bike path on part of Oriental Parade, between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool.

5 April 2018: Opportunity to observe group discussions More Less

In February/March this year, Wellington City Council sought feedback on traffic changes (resolutions) required to develop bike paths and lanes on parts of Oriental Parade, Evans Bay Parade (Kilbirnie), and Thorndon Quay.

People who provided feedback and requested the opportunity to speak with Councillors will provide their oral submissions in group discussions at Wellington Central Library on Thursday 5 April in two sessions at 5pm and 6.30pm.

A gallery with limited seating will be available for any members of the public who would like to come along to observe the group discussions but not take part themselves.

19 March 2018: Consultation closes on revised plans and proposed changes for Oriental Parade, between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool