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 propose to make 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.
Why this solution?
We can improve the experience of people walking and biking in this area with a series of changes that will have low impact, while increasing safety for everyone.
- Dedicated bike crossings would be 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 would be widened from 2.5m to 4m and turned into a shared path.
- The last three 10-hour pay and display car parks would be removed on the Pukeahu side of Kent Terrace as a result of widening the footpath. No other parking would be affected.
- A new 2m-wide footpath would be installed between the Basin Reserve and the crossing on Cambridge Terrace. An existing informal path is well used by pedestrians.
- The zebra crossing outside the northern gates of the Basin Reserve would be made safer by building a raised platform on the short section of Buckle Street and Ellice Street.
- The kerb would be 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) would be converted to a shared path, while the diagonal path across the grassed area would be pedestrian-only.
Read the full proposed Traffic Resolution Report