Rugby Street bike lane from Adelaide Road to Tasman Street

We’re proposing to put a one-way bike lane in on Rugby Street to make it safer for people riding from Adelaide Road to Tasman Street.


What would change

  • a 1.6m wide bike lane would be marked on the south side of the road adjacent to the footpath
  • the traffic island near the intersection of Rugby Street and Belfast Street would be modified to create more road space for the bike lane
  • six coupon parking spaces on the left hand side of the road near the top of Rugby Street would be removed
  • parking on the other side of Rugby Street would remain


How this will help

Around 150 people ride this way in the morning peak.

This is a relatively simple interim improvement that will make things a little safer for people who ride into the city this way via Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Why we’re proposing this particular design in this location

While only about 2500 vehicles a day use the top of Rugby Street between Belfast Street and Tasman Street, the section that forms part of the Basin roundabout (between Adelaide Road and Belfast Street) is part of State Highway 1 and used by about 19,300 vehicles a day.

Making this stretch a little safer for those heading towards the park can be achieved fairly easily with an on-road bike lane.

The tight bend, constrained space and high traffic volumes near the intersection of Adelaide Road and Rugby Street make finding a way to improve things for people going in the opposite direction difficult.

However, we will continue to look for a solution to this as we consider routes and bike improvements through Newtown and Mt Cook.


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 made in early 2018.
  • 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 Rugby Street - bike lane

Proposed traffic resolution

This traffic resolution outlines the improvement proposed for Rugby Street between Adelaide Road and Tasman Street.

TR 81 17 Rugby Street cycle lane V2 JH 03072017 (2.3 MB)

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