We’re proposing to make it possible for people to cycle both ways in the one-way section of Cuba Street between Ghuznee Street and Vivian Street by putting in a new contra-flow bike lane.
Feedback from the public in mid-2017 showed 68 percent of submissions (52) in support of the proposal and 24 submissions against. As this would be a new type of bike lane for Wellington streets, more thought is being given to the proposal before it goes to Councillors for their consideration.
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.
Installing a contra-flow bike lane would complement the shared zone in lower Cuba Street, where people can now legally cycle from Wakefield Street to Manners Street. This type of bike lane would make it easier for people to cycle most of the way up Cuba Street, except in Cuba Mall where people have to walk their bikes.
Cuba Street provides a good north-south link between Mount Cook, Te Aro and the city centre.
There are also lots of shops, cafes, businesses, entertainment and educational facilities in this general area that people want to get to, including Te Auaha, the new WelTec/Whitireia creative campus in Cuba Mall, which is due to open in 2018. We want them to be able to do this by bike more easily.
The one-way system was designed for cars, but doesn’t work so well for people on bikes. This change would provide more direct options for getting places by bike in this area.
This 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 to create a better cycling network.
Based on experience elsewhere, this design is expected to work well here because the traffic volumes and speeds are relatively low. About 2400 vehicles a day travel this way and the average speed is 28 km/h.
People driving down to Ghuznee Street, or manoeuvring into and out of car parks, would have a clear view of anyone cycling up towards them.
Like the section of Cuba Street between Vivian Street and Webb Street, this part of upper Cuba Street was once two-way with parking on both sides, so there would be enough space to make this change.
Contra-flow lanes are used in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. Cycling both ways on one-way streets has been standard practice in Belgium since about 2005 and in France since 2010. This image of a busy Paris street shows one of the ways bike lanes are marked in France.
Photo: Vladimir Zlokazov/Live streets
This traffic resolution outlines the proposed contra-flow bike lane for Cuba Street between Ghuznee Street and Vivian Street.