An accessible central city

Around 80,000 people travel to the central city area on weekdays and around 19,000 people live there.

Walking is the main way people make short trips around the central city for work, education, shopping, meeting friends or eating out.

We’re planning small intersection changes on some streets to make it safer, quicker and easier to cross, and to get to and from the waterfront. These changes are likely to start happening later this year or in early 2021.

This is the start of making wider improvements that will help to create an accessible city for everyone, including people using wheelchairs, people with prams and small children, people with limited mobility and people who have visual impairment. 

A better environment for walking will make the central city a safer and more pleasant place to spend time.

How we’ll make walking safer and easier

For now, we’re focusing on three main areas:

  • around Whitmore and Bowen streets
  • along Customhouse, Waterloo and Jervois quays between Bunny and Harris streets
  • along Vivian Street. 

These are some of the busiest streets and intersections for pedestrians apart from the Golden Mile, and where people have to wait the longest to cross the road.

The intersection changes are likely to be a mix of:

  • adjusting some traffic signals to reduce delays for pedestrians waiting to cross so they can more easily walk around the city to get to meetings for work, appointments, lectures or social engagements  
  • adding extra crossings at signalised intersections to give pedestrians more options and improve safety
  • extending some kerbs to reduce crossing distances and vehicle speeds
  • adding tactile pavers and ramps where these are missing
  • installing raised tables to slow vehicles down.

31 Jul 2020

Case for change

Early - mid 2020

Testing and modelling options

Mid 2020

Concept designs developed

Aug 2020

Recommended options approved

Late 2020 - early 2021

Detailed design and start of implementation