Making Bunny Street a shared zone (Lambton Quay to Featherson Street)

We are going to redesignate Bunny Street (between Victoria University of Wellington business and law schools) as a shared zone in late 2017. This will allow people on bikes to legally ride both ways between Lambton Quay and Featherston Street.

This area already effectively operates as a shared space, and people already ride both ways.

 

What's changing

  • signs will be altered so people on bikes can legally ride in either direction (at the moment they are only meant to ride in one direction towards Lambton Quay)
  • the area will be officially designated and recognised as a shared zone

  

How this will help

It’s not a big change. This really just legitimizes what is safely happening now.

Only a small number of vehicles – Victoria University of Wellington business-related vehicles, buses, bikes and taxis – are permitted to enter this section of street from Featherston Street.

No traffic is allowed to enter from the bus-only lanes at the Lambton Quay end, so traffic volumes and speeds are very low, which makes this change a logical and safe option. Only about 500 vehicles per day use the area and the average speed is below 15km/h.

This change is one of a series of planned changes to improve connections and make it safer and easier for people to get places in the central city by bike.  

Incremental changes like these – combined with the more substantial changes likely through the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project – will together help create a better network.

 

Next steps

  • The feedback period on the traffic changes (resolutions) related to this proposal was 25 July to 11 August 2017.
  • Councillors approved the proposal in mid-September 2017.
  • Other changes recommended by the Central City Working Group are being considered. Some – including improvements to some existing crossings to the waterfront – may happen as part of an ongoing upgrade programmes. Others will require traffic resolutions that will be advertised at a later date. 

Supporting documents for Bunny Street - shared zone

Proposed traffic resolution

This traffic resolution outlines the improvement proposed for Bunny Street between Lambton Quay and Featherston Street.

TR 78 17 Shared Zone Bunny St between Featherston St and Lambton Quay V3 JH 30062017 (1.1 MB)

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