Featherston Street is a key route through the central city. It connects to Thorndon Quay and carries much of the traffic to and from the northern suburbs of Wellington and beyond. About 14,000 vehicles use this route every day with hundreds of people on bikes in the morning peak.

Bike lanes are provided in both directions on Featherston Street between Thorndon Quay and Bunny Street. We aim to improve this route by extending the southbound bike lane.

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Featherston Street bike lane

We propose to install a 1.6m-wide bike lane between Bunny Street and Ballance Street to extend the existing southbound lane along Featherston Street.

Why this solution?

The bike lane extends the biking connection from Thorndon Quay to Bunny Street. This solution has little impact on parking or traffic movement but improves the experience for people cycling into and around the city.

  • Traffic lanes would be narrowed slightly from 3.2m to at least 3m to make room for the bike lane. The number of traffic lanes would stay the same.
  • A half-metre wide buffer zone would be created between the bike lane and the parallel parking on Featherston Street, between Bunny Street and Whitmore Street.
  • On the Whitmore Street corner, opposite Rydges Hotel, we would cut back 1.5m of kerb to widen the street to make room for the bike lane.
  • One of five angle car parks would be lost from outside 60-70 Featherston Street, by remarking the existing 90-deg angle parks as 60deg angle parking spaces. No other parking would be affected.

Featherston Street

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