Not going ahead: Bike lane from Willis Street to Victoria Street

We considered allowing people on bikes to ride both ways in the one-way section of Willeston Street that goes from Victoria Street to the Willis Street, Lambton Quay, Customhouse Quay intersection.

Feedback from the public in mid-2017 showed 73 percent of submissions (56) in support of the proposal and 20 submissions against. 

However, at this stage the idea is not being progressed. Further discussion with the community on the merits of using this type of bike lane in certain locations is possible in the future.  


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  • A new contra-flow bike lane would be added to the left-hand side of Willeston Street as you head towards the waterfront, painted green and marked with sharrows (the cycle symbol and arrow).
  • The bike lane would be about 2m wide at the Willis Street end, narrowing to about 1.5m towards the Victoria Street end.
  • People on bikes would share the 3.2m-wide traffic lane with vehicles as they do now from Victoria Street through to the intersection of Willis Street, Lambton Quay and Customhouse Quay.
  • Sharrows would be added to the traffic lane.
  • A green stop box would be added at the intersection with Willis Street, Lambton Quay and Customhouse Quay. 
  • Right-turning and straight-ahead traffic would share the same lane (there are separate lanes near the intersection at the moment).
  • The traffic light phasing would be altered slightly to give people on bikes a few seconds to turn left into Victoria Street or cross the intersection towards the waterfront ahead of other traffic.
  • Parking would not be affected because there is no parking in this part of Willeston 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.

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

At the moment, you can’t ride to the waterfront from the Lambton Quay end of Willeston Street because it is one-way in the wrong direction, even though the harbour-end of Willeston Street – between Victoria Street and Jervois Quay - is two-way.

Based on experience elsewhere, this design was expected to work well here because the traffic volumes and speeds are low. About 1400 vehicles a day travel this way and the average speed is 23 km/h.

This was 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.  

  • The feedback period for the traffic changes (resolutions) for this proposal was 25 July to 11 August 2017.

  • Councillors were expected to make a decision in mid-September 2017 but the proposal is not being progressed at this stage.

  • Other changes recommended by the Central City Area Working Group have been implemented.

Read the proposed Traffic Resolution Report that went out for consultation.


More about contra-flow lanes and how they work.

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