Wellingtonians continue to have their say in making city fit for the future 

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From 26 April Wellington residents are being asked to contribute to ongoing work by Let’s Get Wellington Moving to improve how people walk, bus and use their bike or car in and around the city.  

The Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme has a number of projects underway to improve key transport connections across the city and suburbs, as well as how people move around, do business, and enjoy time out in the central city. With Wellington’s population continuing to grow, this work is vital to help start moving more people with fewer vehicles – enabling people to safely and reliably choose walking, cycling or public transport for more trips.  
 
‘By 2050, we’re expecting up to 80,000 more people to be living in Wellington city and 25 percent more people to be coming into the central city each workday. Our roads, buses, and trains are already approaching capacity at peak times – that’s a challenge for our growing city that we can’t afford to ignore,’ Let’s Get Wellington Moving Programme Director Sarah Gardner says.  
 
Two Let’s Get Wellington Moving projects are asking for feedback and input from Wellingtonians through April and May – one that looks specifically at the plan to transform the streets of the ‘Golden Mile’ through the heart of the city, and another called ‘People-friendly City Streets’ that focuses on improving three high-traffic routes that provide transport connections between suburbs and the city.  
 
Over the coming weeks, Let’s Get Wellington Moving will be holding public events and online hui to talk about the work that’s been done to date, provide the opportunity to ask questions of the experts involved and to discuss the work that lies ahead.  Online surveys – asking for feedback on specific geographic areas and routes – will also be open until midnight 23 May.  Detail of the events, information about the projects, and access to the survey is on the Let’s Get Wellington Moving website.
 
The ’Golden Mile’ revitalisation project focuses on improvements for the cityscape as well as walking, cycling, and public transport in the streets and side streets stretching from the Embassy Theatre along Courtenay Place, through Manners and Willis Streets, and the length of Lambton Quay to Parliament.  
 
Let’s Get Wellington Moving has worked hard with Wellingtonians to understand their priorities for moving through and using the Golden Mile – sharing initial designs, listening to feedback and where possible, making changes based on that feedback.  This work is in its final stages, and the team is now seeking feedback on traffic resolutions for the area before Wellington City Council’s final decision on design in June. These traffic resolutions cover details such as the proposed authorisation system for vehicle access in certain areas, loading bays etc. 
 
The ‘People-friendly City Streets’ project that is also asking for public input focuses on potential improvements for three high-traffic transport connections into and out of the city from Miramar, Mount Cook, Featherston Street and Te Aro.  
 
This work is in its early stages and is looking to understand how Wellingtonians currently use and experience specific routes, with a particular focus on how to create safer trips for those who walk and cycle, as well as improved public transport reliability and access for those who use the bus. Early ideas have been developed to make intersections safer for pedestrians, roads safer for those on bikes, and to make it easier for buses to access bus stops and passengers to get on and off. Public feedback will be one of a range of considerations that will feed into the development of designs for each route, which will be shared with Wellingtonians next year.  
 
These projects set the city up for larger urban development and transportation projects required to fundamentally transform how Wellingtonians live, work, and travel in the region. 
  
Let’s Get Wellington Moving is a joint initiative, working in partnership with mana whenua, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, to enable both near and longer-term benefits for the city.  
 
‘Our vision for Wellington, as it grows, is to have a great harbour city, accessible to all, with attractive places, shared streets, and efficient local and regional journeys. We’re excited to be making that vision real for Wellingtonians, with a range of improvements completed already, construction planned to start on the Golden Mile improvements later this year and work underway to improve three key transport connections to and from the city by 2026.’  
 
‘I’d like to thank Wellingtonians who have already contributed to our work and encourage those have yet to do so, to come and find out more about it. Your views about how to make our city more liveable and accessible for the future are a key part of shaping our work’.  
 
Find out about the public hui and have your say on the Let’s Get Wellington Moving projects that are currently seeking public input at lgwm.nz/home/have-your-way.  The opportunity to contribute closes midnight on Tuesday 23 May 2023. 

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