We are proposing to make Thorndon Quay safer for everyone by converting the angle parking to parallel parking.
Thorndon Quay is a significant part of Wellington’s transport network, particularly for people in the northern suburbs. There are around 30,000 to 50,000 people moving through the area daily. It's also one of the city's busiest cycling routes and the number of people biking on Hutt Road and Thorndon Quay is growing.
Over the past 10 years, more than half of the recorded crashes on Thorndon Quay related to parking, and 42% of these were due to angle parking. We need to make changes to reduce the risk of accident and injury.
How these changes will affect parking spaces
The proposal will reduce the number of parking spaces along this part of Thorndon Quay from 274 angle parks to 142 parallel parking spaces. The existing time limits will stay the same for now although this could change in the future.
To measure the impact of the reduction in parking spaces we have reviewed the occupancy rates for these spaces. The data from parking sensors shows that:
- the two-hour parking spaces have an average occupancy of 53% during an average business day (8am to 6pm)
- the nine-hour parking spaces have an average occupancy of 70%
- the average length of stay in these parking spaces is 37 minutes with 41% of people staying less than 10 minutes.
For more detailed analysis on parking and road safety on Thorndon Quay, take a look at our related documents for this project.
What happens next?
Feedback will be collated and presented to Wellington City Council’s Strategy and Policy Committee in June 2021. If Councillors agree to the proposal, changes to parking will be implemented in late 2021.