Willeston Street bike lane from Willis Street to Victoria Street

We are proposing to allow people on bikes to ride both ways in the one-way section of Willeston Street between the Willis Street, Lambton Quay, Customhouse Quay intersection and Victoria Street.

The traffic flow in this section of one-way street goes from Victoria Street to Willis Street.

Submissions received showed overall support for this change with 73 percent (56 )submissions in support and 20 submissions against. However, as these are a new type of lane for Wellington, more thought is being given to this before it goes to Councillors for their consideration in late 2017 or early 2018. 



What would change

  • a new contra-flow bike lane would be added to the left-hand side of the street as you head towards the waterfront, painted green and marked with cycle symbols and arrows
  • the bike lane would be about 2 metres wide at the Willis Street end narrowing to about 1.5 towards the Victoria Street end
  • people on bikes would share the main traffic lane as they do at the moment to ride from Victoria Street through to the intersection of Willis Street, Lambton Quay and Customhouse Quay
  • sharrows (the cycle and arrow symbol) would be added to the main 3.2 metre-wide traffic lane
  • at the intersection with Willis Street, Lambton Quay and Customhouse Quay, a green stop box would be added and right-turning and straight-ahead traffic would share the same lane (there are separate lanes near the intersection at the moment)
  • adjustments would be made to the traffic lights to give people on bikes a few seconds to turn into Victoria Street and get across to the other half of Willeston Street ahead of other traffic
  • parking would not be affected because there is no parking in this part of Willeston Street.


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.

Making this change would help improve the connection between the Golden Mile and the waterfront.

The harbour-end of Willeston Street – between Victoria Street and Jervois Quay is two-way, but at the moment, you can’t ride through to the waterfront this way because the Lambton Quay end of Willeston Street is one-way.

Why we’re proposing this particular design in this location

About 1400 vehicles per day use it and the average speed is about 23km/h.

With these low traffic volumes and speeds, an on-road bike lane should be a safe solution in this location.

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 for the traffic changes (resolutions) related to this proposal was 25 July to 11 August 2017. Councillors were expected to make a decision in mid-September 2017, but this has been delayed for up to three months. If approved, the changes to the street are likely to be made in 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 Willeston Street - bike lane

Proposed traffic resolution

This traffic resolution outlines the improvement proposed for Willeston Street between Willis and Victoria Streets.

TR 80 17 Willeston Street contraflow cycle lane V2 DH 29062017 (2.2 MB)

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