Cycle lanes

Wellington's cycle lanes, shared pathways and bus lanes help make it safer to cycle around the city.

Man in green shirt cycling next to a blue Mazda.

There are bike lanes, which are for cyclists only, at:

  • Reef Street, Island Bay
  • Bunny Street, in the central business district
  • Featherston Street, from Mulgrave Street to Bunny Street in the central business district
  • Evans Bay Parade, from Carlton Gore Road to Greta Point
  • The Parade, Island Bay from Reef Street to Dee Street
  • Te Whiti Street, from Rongotai Road to Coutts Street
  • Coutts Street, from Te Whiti Street to the airport subway
  • Johnsonville Road, from Fraser Avenue to Moorefield Road
  • Broderick Road, from Johnsonville Road to Moorefield Road
  • Victoria Street / Manners Street to Karo Drive (State Highway 1).

NZ Transport Agency maintains the cycleway along State Highway 2 from Horokiwi to Ngauranga.

Thorndon Quay clearway

On Thorndon Quay there is a clearway between 7am and 9am in the southbound traffic lane to give a safer margin for cyclists and turning vehicles.

Shared paths

Shared paths can be used by people who are walking, as well as well as those on bikes. If you're on a bike, you have to give way to pedestrians.

Pathways where you can ride a bike are identified by 'Shared Pathway' signs. Please give other people space when you are approaching them, and keep your speed to a minimum.

These areas have shared paths:

  • Arthur Street (State Highway 1), from Cuba Street to Taranaki Street
  • Burma Road, from Haumia Street  to Onslow College entrance
  • Cobham Drive
  • Evans Bay Parade, from Greta Point to Cobham Drive & from Wellington Road to Kemp Street
  • Great Harbour Way / Te Aranui o Pōneke
  • Hutt Road
  • Johnsonville Road, from Fraser Avenue to Disraeli Street
  • Karo Drive, (State Highway 1) from Cuba Street to Willis Street
  • Kemp Street, from Evans Bay Parade to ASB Sports Centre
  • Leonie Gill Shared Pathway
  • Miramar Avenue, from Cobham Drive to Maupuia Road
  • Miro Street, from Coutts Street subway to Broadway
  • Moorefield Road, from Middleton Road to Haumia Street
  • Mt Victoria Tunnel
  • Oriental Parade
  • Pukeahu National War Memorial Path
  • Tawa Valley Pathway – Ara Tawa
  • Waterloo Quay.

Bus lanes

People on bikes can use the lanes marked 'Bus Lane', but can only use those marked as 'Buses Only' under certain circumstances.


A sign that indicates when a section of road is for buses to use
Cyclists may use the bus lane at any time, including within the hours stated on the sign.
 A sign that indicates when a section of road or lane is only for buses to use Cyclists can only use the lane outside of the times indicated. If no time is stated, then cyclists cannot use this lane at any time.

Find out more about bus lane signage for all road users: use of bus priority lanes (74KB PDF).

Here is a list of all the bus lanes around the city that cyclists can use (all the others are bus only at all times):

Street

Lane

Type

Operational from

Adelaide Rd Northbound John St to Basin Reserve Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

7am–9am
Mon to Fri

Adelaide Rd Southbound Basin Reserve to John St
Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

4pm–6pm
Mon to Fri

Chaytor St Southbound (downhill) from Old Karori Rd to Birdwood St Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

7am–9am
Mon to Fri

Glenmore St Southbound (uphill) from The Rigi to Upland Rd Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

4pm–6pm
Mon to Fri

Kaiwharawhara Rd Heading towards Hutt Road for 475m Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

7am–9am
Mon to Fri

Lambton Quay Southbound Whitmore St to Brandon St Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

At all times

Lambton Quay Northbound Grey St to Bowen St Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

At all times

Kent Tce Southbound Pirie St to Basin Reserve Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

7am–9am
Mon to Fri

Cambridge Tce Northbound Barkers St to Courtenay Place
Bus lane – buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles

7am–9am
Mon to Fri

Manners St Eastbound Willis St to Victoria St

Bus only Monday to Friday, 6am–7pm (cyclists can share it at other times)

At all times