New walking and biking paths on the Maupuia side of Miramar Avenue

We're making changes on Miramar Avenue between Shelly Bay Road and Tauhinu Road to make this busy stretch of road safer and easier for everyone.

Construction of new walking and biking paths and crossings is expected to start in late March 2021. There will also be some changes to bus stops and traffic lanes. Councillors approved this section of the Miramar Town Centre project on 23 November 2017 

 

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Construction plans for Shelly Bay Road to Tauhinu Road

 

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A two-way bike path at kerb height separates people on bikes from the traffic, and encourages less-confident riders to use the path.

The two-way bike path through Miramar cutting will connect Miramar with the Cobham Drive and Evans Bay bike paths now under construction, and the safer new bike routes in Kilbirnie and to Newtown. It would also link to other proposed routes in Miramar and future phase 2 options for Miramar Avenue in the town centre. 

  • There will be a 3m-wide, two-way asphalt bike path next to a 2m-wide concrete footpath on the Maupuia side of Miramar Avenue, for most of the way between Shelly Bay Road and Maupuia Road.
  • From Maupuia Road to Tauhinu Road the two paths will merge into a 5m-wide shared path that continues to just past the Z station.
  • There will be raised dual crossings for pedestrians and bikes on Shelly Bay Road, Maupuia Road and Tauhinu Road, where drivers will be required to give way to people using the crossings.
  • The left-turn slip lane to Maupuia Road will be removed to make space for the new shared path. This will help to reduce vehicle speeds on Miramar Avenue and as drivers turn into Maupuia Road. 
  • We'll be trialling the closure of the right-turn lane on Miramar Avenue into the Z station to make the area safer for everyone. 
  • As part of this change, we'll be trialling some new traffic islands on Miramar Avenue near the roundabout that will provide safer places for people to cross.
  • The bus stop at the bottom of Maupuia Road will be relocated slightly further up the road to make room for a raised pedestrian and bike crossing.
  • The bus shelter on the Maupuia side of Miramar Avenue will be removed to make space for the new paths. Data shows the vast majority of people get off rather than on buses in this location.
  • One small tree on the Maupuia side of Miramar Avenue adjacent to the Tauhinu Road roundabout will be removed or relocated, and other vegetation cut back in places to make space for the paths. The project includes some additional planting and landscaping. 

 

 Read the 2017 Traffic Resolution report.

 

Enterprise Miramar Peninsula Inc (the Miramar BID), a group of local business people, members of the community, Wellington City Council transport planners, and others worked together in late 2016 and 2017 to look at the best ways to redevelop this section of Miramar Avenue, as well as the area between Tauhinu Road and Park Road. This involved balancing competing demands to make getting about and passing through this very busy area safer for everyone, including people on foot and bikes.

It was part of a wider in-depth look at the east.

Two possible options for Miramar Avenue between Tauhinu Road and Park Road were developed as well as a proposal for the connection through into Miramar. This followed a series of three workshops hosted by Enterprise Miramar and facilitated by the Council from November 2016 to January 2017. 

The first workshop examined the transport issues and what the solutions might look like. The second and third workshops developed a long list of options for transport improvements and then narrowed these to a short list for presentation at public drop-in sessions.

Two public drop-in sessions were held at the ASB Sports Centre in March 2017. These were an opportunity to learn more about and help plan (provide input/feedback) on proposed bike and walking improvements on Cobham Drive, Evans Bay to Oriental Bay, Kilbirnie connections, Miramar connections and Miramar town centre.

After this, Enterprise Miramar Peninsula hosted three more workshops facilitated by the Council.  

There was then an opportunity in September 2017 to provide feedback on short-listed options for a number of streets in the east including Evans Bay Parade (Greta Point to Carlton Gore Road) and streets in Kilbirnie and Miramar. This included Miramar town centre section 2. 

A formal traffic resolution for the section of Miramar Avenue between Shelly Bay Road and Tauhinu Street (section 1) was run in tandem with this – with consultation beginning Monday 4 September and closing Monday 2 October 2017.

Two more drop-in sessions were held at the ASB Sports Centre during the consultation period.  

The Council analysed feedback to help determine the proposed designs for the various streets, including the coastal route around Evans Bay. It also decided which projects to progress first.

Decisions were influenced by what people told us, the funding available, more detailed information about likely costs for the different projects, and a desire to start with busy sections that would make the biggest contribution to the planned network.

Changes were made to the proposal for Miramar Avenue (section 1) as a result of the feedback received.

Only section 1 was put forward for Council approval in November 2017. This was in part because it had been agreed with the Enterprise Miramar that the development of Miramar Avenue should be staged. Also, funding for section 2 was likely to be some years away.  Section 2 was put on hold, and no further work has been done on that to date. There will be more community consultation before anything there is progressed.

 

 

 

We have received feedback from the community about this project. Click here to view the summary graphs.

You can read a report on the feedback here

Changes were made to the proposal following public feedback. The most significant was the decision to not replace the Miramar Avenue/Tauhinu Road and Portsmouth Road roundabout with traffic signals as proposed, but to potentially reconsider them if and when section 2 is progressed.

As a result of feedback from the Heavy Haulage Association and some Maupuia residents, the Council also removed the traffic islands/planter beds that had been proposed for Miramar Avenue near the turn from Maupuia Road. It instead agreed to retain a central painted median to accommodate right turns out of Maupuia Road and for right turns into Shelly Bay Road.

Some changes around driveways have been made during the development of the detailed designs/construction plans following discussions with the adjacent property owners/business owners.