New bus shelter and bike path (foreground) and new kerbside bike lane and parking bays
The new road markings are going in one block at a time between now and mid-February, starting with the section between Dee Street and the shopping centre, which was finished late last week. The section from Mersey Street to the Island Bay Bowling Club will be finished this week.
The new parking bays are clearly marked out from the kerb, creating a lane next to the footpath for people on bikes.
Councillor Andy Foster, who chairs Wellington City Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee, says the improvements happening in Island Bay are examples of some of the kinds of changes Wellingtonians will see happening in other places around the city soon.
“It’s about taking a fresh look at the road and footpath space we have and how we can best use it to improve transport choices.”
Cr Foster says one of the things people like most about Wellington is its compact nature and the relatively short distances they have to travel to get to work, study and other places.
“Better walking and cycling routes will just add to its appeal and make the city an even more attractive place to live and visit.”
The improvements along The Parade are on track to be finished before the Island Bay Festival in mid-February. They include kerbside cycle lanes between Shorland Park and the Dee Street roundabout, four new pedestrian crossings, intersection improvements and concrete paths so people on bikes can safely by-pass buses at bus stops.
Cr Foster thanked people for their patience and said, all going well, most of the work between Dee Street and the Island Bay Bowling Club would be done before Christmas.
“Getting used to any roading changes does take time, so people should take extra care parking in the newly marked bays and getting in and out of cars.
“If you’re on a bike and trying out new sections of lane, be aware you will need to negotiate a mix of new and old facilities until the construction work is finished. Watch for people parking and turning in and out of driveways.”