News and information – Greta Point connection gets the green light
PÅ«rora Ämua, the council’s planning and environment committee, voted to complete Tahitai – the main suburban and recreational route around the bays into the city from the east. This section of Paneke PÅneke, the planned urban network of secure bicycle and scooter lanes, will link the new trails already in place on Cobham Drive and elsewhere on Evans Bay Parade, as well as the Miramar and Kilbirnie stores.
Deputy Mayor Sarah Free says it’s wonderful to see so many people using the trails along Cobham Drive and around Åmarukaikuru / Pt Jerningham.
âMaking that connection is an important part of building a city where it’s easy to get around in a low-carbon way, and see and enjoy the places that make the city so special. It will also be part of Te Aranui o PÅneke / the Great Harbor Way.
âEvans Bay is used by many Wellington residents for recreation and water sports, in addition to being a busy transportation route. A balance is therefore needed to make the area more accessible to more people as the city grows. We need to give people more high quality travel options and make sure it’s a safe environment for everyone. “
The committee also accepted the changes proposed by agents in response to public comments about parking near Hataitai Beach and the Evans Bay Yacht Club. By narrowing the traffic lane and bike path slightly in several places, more parking can be provided to maintain access to the yacht club and Hataitai Beach than was originally offered.
Officers are also looking for ways to free up more space near the dog park and the off-street public boat launch and marina to increase parking for recreational visitors, especially for activities. boating at peak times during weekends and events.
Councilor Iona Pannett, chair of the PÅ«roro Ämua / Iona Pannett Planning and Environment Committee, said changes that allow more people to change the way they travel are key to achieving the goals of climate action.
“It’s a step towards a cycling network, lower emissions and a future where more people of all ages and abilities can choose to cycle, walk, jog, skate or take transport more often. in common. “
The name te reo given by Taranaki WhÄnui for this section of the route is Te Haerenga Roa o Te Aro (the long journey of Te Aro). This ingoa wahi tells the story of the journey of the peoples of Te Aro, from their arrival in Aotearoa, journey to Taranaki, then to Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
In addition to the new paths, the changes will include:
- elevated pedestrian crossings including two new crossings in the Greta Point area
- extra mobility parking near the cafÃ© and time restrictions for on-street parking
- better bus trips, with fewer bus stops where they were too close to each other, and improvements to remaining bus stops
- modifications to the intersections of the Rata and BelvÃ©dÃ¨re roads to make them safe for all users and easily accessible for people going on or coming back on the new paths
- improvements to the landscaped area between Cog Park and Evans Bay Patent Slip, to make it more accessible and help tell the story of this important heritage site.
The next stage of the project will be to complete the detailed design. Construction is expected to start in 2023.