Council Votes To Make Thorndon Quay Safer For Cyclists

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Wellington City Council’s Pūroro Āmua Planning and
Environment Committee voted today to replace angle car
parking with parallel car parking along Thorndon
Quay.

These measures aim to increase safety for
cyclists along this busy gateway to the city. Chair of the
Pūroro Āmua Planning and Environment Committee, Councillor
Iona Pannett says that this change has been a long time
coming for Wellington City Council.

“Thorndon Quay
has been unsafe for cyclists and active pedestrians for a
number of years. We cannot sit comfortably with the number
of serious injuries to cyclists reported and unreported.
This change aligns with our goals of encouraging active
modes, such as cycling and is supported by Waka Kotahi, the
New Zealand Transport Agency.”

A Wellington City
Council report on parking occupancy, based on data from
parking sensors, showed that even during peak times, the
number of car parks outweighed the demand.

Modelling
shows that with a reduced number of car parks, demand will
continue to be met however, visitors that travel by car may
have to walk a little further to their
destination.

“The Council acknowledges the concerns
of businesses about the removal of the parking and is
committed to working with them to build on the enormous
strengths of this area,” says Councillor
Pannett.

“There has been a lot of investment from
this sector and we believe as the city grows that there will
be more opportunities to develop the area.”

Deputy
Chair of the Pūroro Āmua Planning and Environment
Committee, Councillor Tamatha Paul says that this is a
monumental change for Wellington City Council.

“We
have ambitious targets to meet to reduce carbon emissions
and create a car-free CBD. To achieve this, we need to make
courageous decisions that may be unpopular, such as reducing
car parking. We believe that we can make these decisions and
continue to support business’ needs.”

The changes
to parking along Thorndon Quay were consulted on as part of
Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s Thorndon Quay and Hutt
Road project. The proposed changes will increase reliability
and safety for all users, and improve walking and cycling
facilities and public transport. Converting angle parking to
parallel parking will be the first physical change, with
construction on the wider project due to begin in late
2022.

Mayor Andy Foster says it is very important that
Let’s Get Wellington Moving is actually
moving.

“The Thorndon Quay decisions are an early
part of this. They enhance safety and encourage ongoing mode
share. We are listening to businesses so that we can respond
to their concerns in a process of working together to build
a safer environment for all transport users. Let’s Get
Wellington Moving will be transformational for the
City.

“Let’s Get Wellington Moving aims to move
more people in fewer vehicles and to do this we need to
provide safe alternatives. You only need to stand on
Thorndon Quay during peak travel times to see the number of
near misses that could have caused serious
injuries.”

Changes to parking will be implemented in
late 2021.

Later this year Let’s Get Wellington
Moving will confirm the preferred option for
construction.

Public engagement on detailed design
will begin in late 2021 with construction starting in
2022.

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