Contra-flow lanes are new to Wellington and New Zealand, but are used in many countries including Australia. They allow cyclists to ride in both directions on one-way streets. They work best in streets with low traffic flows and low average speeds.
The Wellington streets, or sections of street, where these are proposed, would remain one-way for cars but become two-way for people on bikes. People riding bikes would share the traffic lane with other vehicles to move in the usual direction. A one-way cycle lane would be provided so they could travel in the opposite direction. The design will vary depending on the location, but in most cases it is likely to be on the road.
This type of lane:
The proposed lanes will mostly not affect existing on-street parking. In Cuba Street, for instance, we are proposing to put one between the parallel parking spaces and the one-way traffic lane. A buffer will be provided between the parked cars and the bike lane to reduce the risk from car doors and provide space for people getting out of cars.
In Willeston Street, where there is no parking, we are proposing a design similar to this one in Melbourne.
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