Kilbirnie improvements

People in the community worked together with Wellington City Council to come up with solutions to make it easier and safer for people to walk and bike around Kilbirnie, between the eastern suburbs and into the central city.

The Kilbirnie Connections network

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Streets with proposed changes

Proposals yet to be progressed

How we got here

Kilbirnie overview Nov

Following open days and community feedback about routes in 2016, we’ve worked closely with three eastern suburbs community working groups.

The working groups spent many hours poring over plans, asking questions, looking at things from a range of different perspectives, debating the pros and cons, grappling with challenges and trade-offs, thinking about all the possibilities, and whittling down the alternatives. They talked about parking, resident and business needs, trees, heritage features, lane widths, safer speeds, driveways, existing safety issues, pedestrian crossings, intersections and bus stops.

Then, in September 2017, Wellingtonians had the opportunity to comment on short-listed options for more than 11 streets in Kilbirnie and the connection to Newtown, including the nine streets we are now seeking final feedback on.

More than 400 people attended open days at ASB Sports Centre, and 582 people made online or written submissions.

Since then the Council has analysed 918 separate pieces of feedback to help determine the proposed design for the various streets, and decided which projects to progress first.

Our decisions have been influenced by what people told us, the funding available, more detailed information about likely costs for the different projects, and a desire to start with busy sections that will make the biggest contribution to the planned network.

These proposals do not include a crossing on Cobham Drive, but we are working with the NZ Transport Agency on possible solutions for the longer term.