Allowing biking both ways in lower Cuba Street (Wakefield Street to Manners Street)

We’re making a change so people will legally be able to bike both ways in the 10km/h shared section of Cuba Street between Wakefield Street and Manners Street - something many people safely do now. New signs will be installed in late 2017.

Traffic flow in the street is one way from Manners Street to Wakefield Street, and this won't change.

 

What's changing

  • the no entry signs at the Wakefield Street end will be altered to allow people on bikes to ride into the street from this end
  • people on bikes will need to keep left if other vehicles are coming down the street
  • pedestrians have priority in the shared space, so cyclists will need to give way to people walking, as they are required to now
  • there will be no real change for drivers, who are already required to travel very slowly and share the space with 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.

This change – along with a proposal to add a new contra-flow bike lane so people can ride up the one-way section of Cuba Street between Ghuznee Street and Vivian Street – will make it easier for people to get places by bike in this area.

As well as shops, cafes and businesses, there are a number of other destinations in this area, including Te Auaha, the new WelTec/Whitireia creative campus in Cuba Mall, and the Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts and hospitality school, that people travelling by bike want to get to.

The changes will help provide an alternative north-south connection between the central city and parts of Mt Cook, though people on bikes using this route will still need to get off and walk through Cuba Mall, as they are required to now.

Lower Cuba Street is 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 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.

 

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 in mid-September 2017.
  • Other changes recommended by the Central City Working Group are being considered. Some – including improvements to some existing crossings to the waterfront – may happen as part of an ongoing upgrade programmes. Others will require traffic resolutions that will be advertised at a later date. 

Supporting documents for Lower Cuba - shared zone

Proposed traffic resolution

This traffic resolution outlines the improvement proposed for Cuba Street between Wakefield and Manners Streets.

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

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