Rugby Street bike lane from Adelaide Road to Tasman Street

A new one-way bike lane is to be installed at the Basin Reserve roundabout on Rugby Street in early 2018 to make it safer for people riding from Adelaide Road to Tasman Street. 


 What's changing

  • a 1.6m wide bike lane will 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 will 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 will be removed
  • parking on the other side of Rugby Street will remain


How this will help

This relatively simple interim improvement will make things a little safer for people who ride into the city this way. About 150 people use this route via Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in the morning peak, and this number is likely to grow.

The section of the Basin roundabout between Adelaide Road Belfast Street is part of State Highway 1 and used by about 19,300 vehicles a day. About 2500 vehicles a day use the top part of Rugby Street between Belfast Street and Tasman Street. 

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.

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.


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 in mid-September 2017.
  • We plan to install it in early 2018. 
  • 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 is the traffic resolution report for Rugby Street between Adelaide Road and Tasman Street that went out for feedback in July 2017,


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

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