Redesign of road layout, footpaths and bike paths

The Parade in Island Bay provides an important transport connection with Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook through to the central city. The biking route will also link to local destinations within these neighbourhoods.

Councillors agreed on a redesign for the layout of The Parade, including bike paths, at a meeting of the City Strategy Committee on 27 September 2017.

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A consistent concept design for the layout of the road, footpaths and bike paths is planned for The Parade, from just north of Reef Street to just south of Dee Street, with some variation through the main shopping area.

If you have information or suggestions that could help the designers during the detailed design phase for The Parade, email 

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Work on the Parade before Christmas


Some work on The Parade will happen before Christmas 2018 and in early 2019.

Some work on The Parade will happen before Christmas 2018 and in early 2019:

  • Repainting the centre line and right-turning bays from Dee to Reef streets
  • Removing redundant road markings from intersections and other asphalted areas
  • Any necessary road repairs between Dee and Tamar streets so this block can be resealed in early 2019.

Contractors will use a water blaster to remove the redundant markings. This will take a couple of weeks, with work happening during the day and in the evening.

The contractors will be concentrating on the intersections and other asphalted areas where the old blacked out markings are the most obvious. They won’t be working in areas with chipseal (the stony road surface), as the water blaster could remove stones and damage the road surface.

The repairs between Dee and Tamar streets will happen during the day and take about two weeks. The road may be down to one lane at times, but will operate as usual at peak times.

The block will be resealed in late February or early March, and  like the section between Tamar and Avon Street, it will be asphalt rather than chipseal. 

For safety reasons, there will be traffic management in place where people are working.

Funding opportunity means other upgrade work will be postponed until late 2019


Councillors discussed a co-funding opportunity at a meeting on 18 October, and unanimously agreed it was the best approach. This will affect the timing of other agreed work on The Parade. 

The new Government has more than doubled the available funding and increased the financial assistance rate to local authorities, giving Wellington the opportunity to potentially secure up to $24 million in government funding for walking and cycling improvements in the city's southern suburbs.

To do this, we need to put forward a plan for integrated, high quality improvements from the south coast to the city. This includes the agreed improvements to The Parade, and the plans in development for the wider Newtown area. 

With the $8 million in ratepayer funding already approved, this would enable us to do a lot more in more places, without any additional ratepayer funding.

Over the next 6 to 8 months, we will work closely with NZ Transport Agency and community to develop a plan for improvements that meet the funding criteria.

Apart from the routine maintenance planned, construction on The Parade will not happen until the NZ Transport Agency has considered the plan for the whole route and confirmed what level of funding it will provide.  The Agency is likely to make these decisions in mid-2019 once consultation in Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook is complete. 

News release - Council to work with the Government on walking and cycling - 18 October 2018


How we got here


Between August 2016 and July 2017, we worked closely with the Island Bay Residents Association, Cycle Aware Wellington and local businesses to set up a syndicate for a community-based design project looking at the future of Island Bay and The Parade.

A community network, Love the Bay, was set up to involve everyone in place-making and design. A pop-up community shop on The Parade was a place where people could go to look at ideas, leave comments and talk to Council representatives.

Public workshops were held in 2016 to establish a shared vision and goals for the community. More than 200 people attended, and several hundred more participated online.

The feedback received was used to develop community design objectives and options for how different parts of the bike paths and road layout could be treated. Following further public feedback, four design options were developed and these went out for wider public consultation in June 2017. Over 3700 submissions were received.

In September 2017, Councillors agreed on a design at the City Strategy Committee meeting.