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.
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.
This is the traffic resolution for Bunny Street between Lambton Quay and Featherston Street that went out for feedback in July 2017.
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