Biking both ways in lower Cuba Street

People on bikes are now allowed to cycle both ways in the shared zone on lower Cuba Street, between Wakefield Street and Manners Street.

Traffic flow is one-way from Manners Street down to Wakefield Street.


What's changed

  • New signs let people know they can ride into lower Cuba Street from either Manners Street or Wakefield Street.
  • They have to keep left if vehicles are coming towards them.
  • Pedestrians have priority in the shared space, so people on bikes have to give way.
  • Drivers are already required to travel very slowly and must share the space with all other users.


How this will help

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.

As well as shops, cafes and businesses, there are a number of other destinations around here that people on bikes can get to more easily, including Te Auaha, the new WelTec/Whitireia creative campus in Cuba Mall, and the Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts and hospitality school.

Allowing people to cycle both ways through here helps to provide an alternative north-south connection between the central city and parts of Mt Cook and Te Aro, though they have to get off and walk their bikes through Cuba Mall.

Lower Cuba Street was already a shared zone with very low speeds and traffic volumes. Only about 570 vehicles a day use the street, and the speed limit is 10km/h.

This is one of a series of planned changes to improve connections and make it safer and easier for people to get places by bike in the central city.  

Incremental changes like these – combined with the more substantial changes likely through the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project – will together help to create a better cycling network.


How we got here and next steps

  • The feedback period on the traffic changes (resolutions) related to this proposal was 25 July to 11 August 2017.
  • Councillors approved the proposal on 14 September 2017.
  • Other changes recommended by the Central City Area Working Group are being considered. Some – including improvements to crossings to the waterfront – may happen as part of routine upgrade programmes. Others will require traffic resolutions that will be advertised at a later date. 

Supporting documents for lower Cuba Street shared zone

Traffic resolution

This is the traffic resolution for lower Cuba Street, between Wakefield Street and Manners Street, that went out for feedback in July 2017.

TR 77 17 Cuba St Wakefield Manners Cycle Connection V2 DH 29062017 (1 MB)

Central city

See the improvements we're considering for the central city. Following public consultation, some of these changes have been completed.

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