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Project in development: Two-way bike path, separate footpaths and bus hub
We're planning changes to improve the Kilbirnie section of Evans Bay Parade for people walking and biking. The approved plans include changes related to the Kilbirnie bus hub.
Why are we doing this?
Councillors approved plans for the new Kilbirnie bus hub and a two-way bike path on Evans Bay Parade in Kilbirnie at a meeting on 19 April 2018. The bike path and separate footpath will be developed on the St Patrick’s College side, replacing the existing shared path. The bike path will connect with the new bike paths soon to go in on Rongotai Road, the two-way path to be built around Evans Bay, and the new paths being constructed on Cobham Drive. It is part of a network connecting Kilbirnie with the city, Newtown and other parts of the eastern suburbs.
The next stage of this project is to complete the detailed design, construction plans and an independent safety audit. We expect construction to start in late-2018.
Approved solution: Two-way bike path and separate footpaths on St Patrick's College side
Why this solution?
This change will make this part of Evans Bay Parade better for people walking and biking. It will connect the eastern biking connection from the city through to new bike paths soon to go in on Rongotai Road, the two-way path to be built around Evans Bay, and the new paths being constructed on Cobham Drive.
The existing shared path on the St Patrick’s College side, between Cobham Drive and Kemp Street, will be widened to create a designated 2.5m-wide footpath and a 2.5m-wide two-way bike path. There will be a 1m-wide buffer between the bike path and the road.
This will continue along Evans Bay Parade between Kemp Street and Kilbirnie Crescent except the footpath would be slightly narrower (2m wide).
Along this part of Evans Bay Parade (section 1), there will be 72 car parks in total (reduced from the 88 currently provided). 57 of these car parks will be on the Kilbirnie Park side (reduced from the 65 spaces currently provided). There will be 15 spaces on the St Patrick’s College side (reduced from the 23 spaces currently provided).
Off-peak parking in the bus bays outside St Patrick’s College would be retained.
Traffic lanes will be slightly wider (3m to 3.2m) between Kilbirnie Crescent and Kemp Street, and reduced (4m to 3.2m) between Kemp Street and Cobham Drive.
The kerb along this whole section, on the St Patrick’s College side, will be moved out to make room for the bike path and footpath.
The kerb on the Kilbirnie Park side will be recessed towards the trees by up to 1.4m to retain the car parking along this stretch.
The painted median strip between Kilbirnie Crescent and Kemp Street will be removed.
A raised platform will be installed on Kemp Street, at the intersection with Evans Bay Parade, to make crossing here easier for people on bikes and on foot.
The crossing point and traffic islands closest to St Patrick’s College (north of Kemp Street) will be retained.
The crossing point and traffic islands south of Kemp Street will be removed.
Why this solution?
These changes will improve safety for people on bikes and connect through to new bike paths soon to go in on Rongotai Road. They will also link to the new Cobham Drive walking and biking paths and the two-way route to be built around Evans Bay to the central city. This work is integrated with Greater Wellington Regional Council's planned new Kilbirnie bus hub.
Sharrow road markings will be painted on the one-way slip road (opposite Kilbirnie Crescent) to connect with a short section of 2m-wide protected bike path at road level, through to the proposed bike paths at the Rongotai Road intersection.
New green stop boxes will be installed at the intersection of Onepu Road and Rongotai Road, and also at the intersection of Rongotai Road and Bay Road.
We are considering improving the traffic lights on Rongotai Road (outside Pak'nSave) by creating a separate bike crossing signal to allow people on bikes to ride diagonally across to Evans Bay Parade (on the KFC corner) and join the proposed new bike path behind the proposed bus shelters.
A 2m-wide bike path with a 500mm-wide buffer will go behind the planned bus shelters on the KFC side, between Rongotai Road and Kilbirnie Crescent.
On the slip road and adjacent section of Evans Bay Parade through to Rongotai Road, 13 new angle car parks and 1 new parallel car park will replace the existing 20 parallel car parks.
At the intersection of Rongotai Road and Onepu Road there will be improvements for pedestrians to make crossing easier.
At the intersection of Evans Bay Parade and Bay Road there will be a new crossing for bikes and some adjustments to traffic lanes.
Bus hub-related impacts:
A new bus hub (bus stops and shelters) will be installed on both sides of Evans Bay Parade between Kilbirnie Crescent and Rongotai Road.
There will be a new footpath in front of the bus shelters, between Rongotai Road and Kilbirnie Crescent.
To make room for the new bus stops along this part of Evans Bay Parade, 10 car parking spaces will be removed from outside KFC.
Two bus stops will be removed from Rongotai Road, between Onepu Road and Bay Road, and replaced with 2 new P60 car parking spaces and a taxi stand.
One bus stop will be removed from Bay Road, between Kilbirnie Crescent and Rongotai Road, and replaced with no stopping lines.
Two P60 car parks on Rongotai Road, between Bay Road and Crawford Road (1 on each side of the road next to the existing bus stops), will be removed to make it easier for buses to manoeuvre in and out of the bus stops.
The taxi stand on Bay Road, between Kilbirnie Crescent and Rongotai Road, will be relocated to Rongotai Road to make room for 4 angle car parks.
The existing 3 parallel parking spaces opposite the Mobil service station on Bay Road will be replaced with 3 new angle car parks.
On Rongotai Road, between Bay Road and Onepu Road, 2 new P60 parking spaces will be created on the Commonsense side and 2 new P60 parking spaces will be created on the southern side.
Overall in this area (section 2), there will be 50 car parking spaces (currently 68 parking spaces), including more short-stay parking nearer the main shopping streets.