The improvements we're making will make The Parade safer and more accessible for everyone, particularly in the narrowest areas.
The changes will provide greater separation between bikes and cars, with a continuous protected biking route between Dee and Reef streets, and encourage more people to choose low-carbon ways of getting around. Greater visibility at intersections and driveways, slightly wider traffic lanes and a consistent street layout will make it easier for drivers to negotiate The Parade, and improve the look and feel of the street.
There will be two new dual crossings at footpath level for pedestrians and people on bikes. A new layout through the main shopping area (the 30km/h zone) will add separated bike lanes, provide more footpath space in some places and reduce vehicle speeds.
The safety changes overall will reduce the amount of street space available for parking, particularly south of the 30km/h zone where the road is narrower. Mobility parking is mostly unaffected apart from slightly relocating one space.
The agreed changes are for all the different ways people use the street.
The improvements will bring the bike lanes and related street layout in line with New Zealand and international design standards:
We’re making changes that will make The Parade safer and more accessible for everyone.
North and south of the 30km/h zone - between Dee and Avon, and Mersey and Reef - we will be using the existing street space to:
In the 30km/h zone - between Avon and Mersey - we plan to change the street layout to:
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With slightly wider traffic lanes along most of The Parade, separation between bikes and cars through the 30km/h zone, better visibility at driveways and intersections, and raised buffers between the bike lanes and car parking, The Parade will be safer and easier for general traffic and buses.
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Improvements to the existing bike lanes and adding new separated lanes through the 30km/h zone will create a connected route through Island Bay and complete this part of the city to south coast connection. Other changes to the street layout will improve visibility and provide a greater level of protection.
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Pedestrian safety will be improved on The Parade. Two new side-street crossings and concrete buffers between the bike lanes and car parking will make things safer and easier for people on foot. We’re also improving visibility by moving car parking where it’s too close to driveways and intersections.
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Most bus stops along The Parade will stay as they are now.
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Councillors considered the feedback and other factors, including identified safety concerns, and made decisions on the proposals at a meeting of Pūroro Āmua, the Planning and Environment Committee, on Thursday 10 March 2022. In mid-2022, concrete buffers and other safety improvements were put in place north and south of the main shopping centre.
Safety and other improvements in the 30km/h zone (between Avon and Mersey) are expected to happen in 2023. Planning for the improvements to the public areas around the shops, library and Empire Cinema is in progress.
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