People on bikes are now allowed to cycle both ways in the shared zone on lower Cuba Street, between Wakefield Street and Manners Street.
Traffic flow is one-way from Manners Street down to Wakefield Street.
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.
As well as shops, cafes and businesses, there are a number of other destinations around here that people on bikes can get to more easily, including Te Auaha, the new WelTec/Whitireia creative campus in Cuba Mall, and the Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts and hospitality school.
Allowing people to cycle both ways through here helps to provide an alternative north-south connection between the central city and parts of Mt Cook and Te Aro, though they have to get off and walk their bikes through Cuba Mall.
Lower Cuba Street was already a shared zone with very low speeds and traffic volumes. Only about 570 vehicles a day use the street, and the speed limit is 10km/h.
This is one of a series of planned changes to improve connections and make it safer and easier for people to get places by bike in the central city.
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.
This is the traffic resolution for lower Cuba Street, between Wakefield Street and Manners Street, that went out for feedback in July 2017.