Koata Hātepe, Council's Regulatory Processes Committee, approved the street changes for Kilbirnie Connections on Thursday 11 May. This included changes made to the original proposal as a result of community feedback. You can watch the meeting and find the minutes from this meeting on the Council website. Work is expected to get under way in the Coutts Street/Tirangi Road area from 24 July.
Kilbirnie and surrounding suburbs are growing and becoming increasingly popular places to visit. To support this growth, we’re changing to a more sustainable transport system that will reduce harmful emissions and give residents and visitors better options for how they get around.
Kilbirnie is a hub of activity for residents and visitors alike; including the bustling Kilbirnie shops, Lyall Bay beach, places of worship, daycare centres, and schools. It's a centre of recreational activity, with sportsfields, Kilbirnie Park, Ruth Gottlieb Library, Ākau Tangi Sports Centre (formerly ASB); and connects across Cobham Drive to Tahitai - the waterfront pathways that connect to the city and Te Motu Kairangi Miramar Peninsula.
To make it easier for more people to use low carbon transport options to get to, around and through Kilbirnie, and make it a nicer place to visit and live, we’ll be using adaptable materials to install:
The new bike routes planned in this area will fill gaps in the Kilbirnie network, complementing and better connecting the bike paths and lanes that are already in place. The streets we're making changes to were confirmed as part of the strategic bike network in this area.
From mid-2022, we began engaging with residents and businesses about planned improvements for people walking, biking or using buses in these streets. These discussions led to numerous changes in the proposed designs we took to the public for consultation.
Following community feedback through this formal consultation, we took our original proposal along with further changes to Koata Hātepe, Council's Regulatory Process Committee, for a decision.
The changes we made to the original proposal as a result of community feedback include:
We first consulted on routes in Kilbirnie in 2018 as part of a wider eastern connections project. Several routes were completed following that consultation including Crawford Road, the Kilbirnie end of Evans Bay Parade, Rongotai Road, and Te Whiti Street.
Paneke Pōneke, Wellington's bike network plan, identified the routes that would fill the gaps in the Kilbirnie network, and better connect the bike paths and lanes that were already in place.
From 2022, we've worked with groups in the community and wider stakeholders to design the improvements along the route. We made changes in response to feedback from the community on the preliminary designs. For full plans, artist impressions, parking impacts and more, see the project details.
We took the proposed plans and community feedback through a traffic resolution consultation. In May 2023, Council approved the plans. Work to install the first stage of the route with adaptable materials is expected to begin in August 2023.
Once all the changes are in, we’ll be working hard to gather feedback on how it’s going and improve things such as signs, street markings, and the position of dividers between the bike lanes and traffic.
As part of our early engagement, we worked closely with groups in the community and stakeholders to make changes to the original proposed design.
These groups included:
This document summaries feedback received from the community about the project during the March 2023 consultation period. This report was presented to Council, along with all submissions in full when they were making the decision to proceed to installation.