25 Nov 2021

Wellington's Evans Bay Parade to be revamped

1:20 pm on 25 November 2021

A walking and biking route, more parking and pedestrian crossings, and fewer bus stops will all be part of the Evans Bay Parade revamp in the capital.

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Pūrora Āmua, Wellington City Council's Planning and Environment Committee, voted unanimously to complete Tahitai - the key commuter and recreational route around the Eastern Bays.

Part of Paneke Pōneke, the planned citywide network of safe biking and scooting routes, this section will connect the pre-existing paths on the parade, and the Miramar and Kilbirnie shops.

Deputy Mayor Sarah Free says it is wonderful to see so many people using the paths along Cobham Drive.

"Evans Bay is used by many Wellingtonians for recreation and water sports, as well as being a busy transport route, so a balance is needed to make the area more accessible for more people as the city grows. We have to give people more high-quality travel options and make sure it is a safe environment for everyone."

The new plan includes more parking, with the traffic lane and bike path slightly narrowed in several places.

The next step would be creating a detailed design, with construction expected to start in 2023.