Round the Bays road closures, Sunday 17 February

For the Round the Bays race on Sunday 17 February, Oriental Parade will be fully closed to Carlton Gore Road and all the adjoining side roads (Herd Street, Freyberg Carpark, Oriental Terrace, Hay Street, Grass Street) from 7.15am to 11.00am (not 6.15am to noon as shown on the signs).

Residents may drive down Oriental Parade between 7.00 and 7.20 am, and 8.10 and 8.20 am,  provided they have rung Sarina Balu at Sport Wellington (380 2070 extension 231)  four days before the event.  She will then pass on your name to the people responsible for safety on the day.

The full list of closures is as follows:
• Customhouse Quay southbound from Whitmore Street to Jervois Quay. Full closure on Customhouse Quay from 6.30am to 11.00am (includes at point of entry of all side roads).
• Jervois Quay southbound from Customhouse Quay to Cable Street closed from 6.30am to 11.00am (includes at point of entry of all side roads).
• Cable Street between Jervois Quay and Oriental Parade closed from 7am to 11am. Right lane between Chaffers Street to Kent Terrace to remain open.
• Oriental Parade full closure to Carlton Gore Road and all the adjoining side roads (Herd Street, Freyberg Carpark, Oriental Terrace, Hay Street, Grass Street) from 7.15am to 11.00am.
• Evans Bay Parade full closure between Carlton Gore Road/Oriental Bay to Cobham Drive from 7.15am to 12 noon (includes at point of entry of all side roads). Road closures to be removed if all participants have cleared from Evans Bay Parade before this time.
• Evans Bay Parade closed between Cobham Drive and Kilbirnie Crescent intersection from 7.15am to 1pm. Road closures to be removed if all participants have cleared from Evans Bay Parade before this time.
• All arterial roads joining Evans Bay Parade to be closed from 7.15am to 12 noon (approx). Road closures to be removed if all participants have cleared from Evans Bay Parade before this time.
• Kilbirnie Crescent/Hamilton Road/Wellington Road intersection to the Evans Bay Parade/Cobham Drive/Wellington Road intersection, road closure from 7.15am to 12.30pm (northbound), 7.15am to 11.30am (southbound).
• Hataitai – Taurima Street and Goa Street; no entry into Hataitai from 7.15am to 11.30am. Traffic can exit from Hataitai Wellington Road; east lane closed making Wellington Road one way eastbound between Crawford Road roundabout and Ruahine Street from 7.15am to 12 noon.
• Shelly Bay Road full closure between Miramar Avenue and Massey Road from 7.30am to 12 noon; Massey Rd full closure between Shelly Bay Rd and Point Gordon (approx) from 7.30am to 12 noon.

SH1 Approved closures:
• SH1 Wellington Road. Full closure between Hamilton Road intersection and Cobham Drive from 7.30am to 11.30am (southbound), 7.15am to 12.30pm (northbound).SH1 Cobham Drive. Full closure between Evans Bay Parade and Troy Street roundabout from 7.30am to 11.30am.
• SH1 Cobham Drive. Full left lane closure on east-bound between Troy Street roundabout and Calabar Road roundabout from 7.30am to 11.30am.

No parking at the following sites – vehicles will be towed if parked in these areas on the day.
• Jervois Quay – southbound lanes between Grey Street and Cable St, 5.00am to 11.00am.
• Cable Street – Jervois Quay to Chaffers Street, 5.00am to 11.00am.
• Kilbirnie Crescent, park side – Wellington Road to Evans Bay Parade intersection, 5.00am to 12noon.
• Hamilton Road on eastern side (along south-bound lane), from Wellington Road/Hamilton Road intersection to residential address at 107 Hamilton Road, 5.00am to 1.00pm.
• Evans Bay Parade (Cobham Drive Intersection to Kemp Street), from 5.00am to 1.00pm.
• Calabar Road roundabout to Shelly Bay Road from, 5.00am to 1.00pm.

Cycleway Approved

The revised plans (see  the item below) for the Oriental Bay cycleway have been approved by the Wellington City Council. (For more information, see the article in the DominionPost "Green Light for New Cycleways on Thorndon Quay, Evan's Bay and Oriental Parade".)

Accordingly, the Council chose to disregard the various recommendations that OBRA (in conjunction with Rex Nichols) included in its last submission. This submission is attached
We are disappointed, because we believed that these recommendations were:

  • for the benefit of all Wellingtonians, as well as local residents,
  • recognised the reality of the current complex mix of users,
  • endeavoured to achieve balance, and promote fairness and safety for all.

However, we can say that the revised plan as approved is at least a major improvement on the draft plans as initially proposed in the early stages of consultation last year. 

We are pleased to advise that Council continue to consult with us on various implementation issues, including

  • speed limits and various signage
  • education and enforcement steps to achieve appropriate behaviour
  • design of the “transition” areas  at the beginning and end of the new cycleway path.

Revised Cycleway Proposal

The Wellington City Council has announced a revised plan for the Oriental Bay Cycleway, with a separate two-way cycle path, footpaths and angle parking. This plan is the basis for the formal consultation period of 30 days from 20 February, after which the Council will proceed to a decision.

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Key features are:
• The existing 4.5m-wide shared path would become a designated footpath on the seaward side of the trees.
• There would be a two-way 2.5m-wide bike path between the parking and pohutukawa trees, with a 1.8m-wide designated footpath between the parking and bike path.
• Overall, the amount of parking would increase from 61 spaces to 64 spaces; 58 would be angle car parks, with 6 new parallel car parks replacing the bus stop near Herd Street.
• The bus stop near Herd Street would be removed on the advice of Greater Wellington Regional Council (there are outbound bus stops nearby at Waitangi Park and Freyberg Pool).
• The three existing mobility parks at Freyberg Pool would be retained.
• The kerb would be moved out into the road to make room for the bike path and new footpath.
• Traffic lanes would be narrowed (from 4-4.2m to 3.3m).
• The painted median strip would be narrowed (2.2m to 2m).
• There would be new motorbike parking near the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
• Parking time limits would remain unchanged.
• The pedestrian crossing near the yacht club would be redesigned to go straight across the road, with a central island, no barriers and a kerb extension on the seaward side.
• All existing trees would be retained.

You can see the full plans (4.4MB PDF), and view how the proposed changes compare to the current layout.