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.
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.