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

We’re proposing to allow people to bike both ways in the 10km/h shared section of Cuba Street between Wakefield Street and Manners Street.

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


What would change

  • the no entry signs at the Wakefield Street end would be altered to allow people on bikes to ride into the street from this end
  • people on bikes would need to keep left when other vehicles are coming down the street
  • pedestrians have priority in the shared space, so people on bikes would need to give way to people walking
  • there would be no change for general traffic


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 destinations in this area, including Te Auaha, the new WelTec/Whitireia creative campus in Cuba Mall, which is due to open in 2018, and the Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts and hospitality school.

The changes proposed will help provide an alternative north-south connection between the central city and parts of Mt Cook.

Why we’re proposing this solution in this location

This 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.

Many people safely ride in the opposite direction towards Manners Street now. We propose to make this legal. 


Next steps

  • The feedback period on the traffic changes (resolutions) related to this proposal was 25 July to 11 August 2017. Councillors are expected to make a decision in mid-September. If approved, the changes to the street are likely to be later this year.
  • This change is one of six proposed improvements designed to improve connections and make it safer and easier for people to get places in the central city by bike that we are currently seeking feedback on.
  • 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.
  • 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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