We’re proposing to make it possible for people to ride both ways in the one-way section of Cuba Street between Ghuznee Street and Vivian Street by putting in a new contra-flow bike lane.
Submissions received showed overall support for this change with 68 percent (52)submissions in support and 24 submissions against. However, as these are a new type of lane for Wellington, more thought is being given to this before it goes to Councillors for their consideration in late 2017 or early 2018.
We want to make things safer and more convenient for people on bikes, and improving connections between streets is one of the ways we can do this.
Along with a change proposed to allow riding both ways in the lower Cuba Street shared zone, installing this section of lane will make it easier for people on bikes to head south up the street and across to the two-way section of upper Cuba Street. Cuba Mall is pedestrian-only but people can walk their bikes through here.
Cuba Street is not a main route but it provides a good north-south link between Mount Cook and the city centre.
There are also lots of shops, cafes, businesses, entertainment and educational facilities in this general area that people want to get to including Te Auaha, the new WelTec/Whitireia creative campus in Cuba Mall, which is due to open in 2018. We want them to be able to do that by bike more easily.
The one-way system was designed for cars, but doesn’t work so well for people on bikes. This change will provide more direct options for getting places by bike in this area.
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.
Based on experience elsewhere, this design is expected to work well in this location because the traffic volumes and speeds are relatively low. About 2400 vehicles a day travel this way and the average speed is 28 km/h.
People driving down the street, and manoeuvring into and out of car parks will have a clear view of anyone riding up.
Like the section of Cuba Street between Vivian Street and Webb Street, this part of the street was once two-way with parking on both sides, so there is enough space to make this change.
Contra-flow lanes are used in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. Cycling both ways on one-way streets has been standard practice in Belgium since about 2005 and in France since 2010. This image of a busy Paris street shows one of the ways lanes are marked in France.
Photo: Vladimir Zlokazov/Live streets
This traffic resolution outlines the improvement proposed for Cuba Street between Ghuznee and Vivian Streets.
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