Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace are the main north-south routes in Wellington’s transport network, used by an average of about 31,000 vehicles per day. Around 300 people on bikes also use these routes in the morning and evening peaks, but biking isn’t easy in this area.
The signalised pedestrian crossings at the bottom of Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace, near the Basin Reserve, are well used by people walking to and from Mt Victoria or Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. During peak times, these crossings are also used by people on bikes at almost every ‘green man’ phase, however this is not currently legal.
Better connections near the Basin Reserve
We are making biking easier near the southern end of Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace, north of the Basin Reserve, by putting in bike crossings next to the pedestrian crossings, creating new shared paths and widening footpaths.
- Dedicated bike crossings will be provided next to the signalised pedestrian crossings at the southern end of Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace.
- The short section of footpath between the Kent Terrace crossing and the Basin Reserve has been widened from 2.5m to 4m and turned into a shared path.
- The last three 10-hour pay and display car parks have been removed on the Pukeahu side of Kent Terrace as a result of widening the footpath. No other parking is affected.
- A new 2m-wide footpath has been installed between the Basin Reserve and the crossing on Cambridge Terrace, replacing a narrow, informal path which was well used by pedestrians.
- The zebra crossing outside the northern gates of the Basin Reserve has been made safer by building a raised platform on the short section of Buckle Street and Ellice Street.
- The kerb has been extended at the southern end of Kent Terrace, next to the left-hand traffic lane, to reduce the distance for people using the crossing and provide more space on the footpath outside 80 Kent Terrace (occupied by LED R US).
- The footpath around the corner of Kent Terrace and Ellice Street (from the crossing to Hania Street) is to be converted to a shared path.
- The Council will be talking with the NZ Transport Agency to see if it is possible to seal the lime path through the little park area, and make it pedestrian-only.
How we got here and next steps
- The feedback period on proposed traffic changes (resolutions) for this project was 26 September to 16 October 2017.
- Councillors approved a proposal to make the footpath a shared path in late November 2017.
- Work outside the Basin Reserve had to be complete ahead of the cricket season. Other changes are expected to be complete by Christmas 2017.
Read the Traffic Resolution Report that went out for consultation, and the feedback below.