From the end of July the speed limit on most central city streets will be changed from 50km/h to 30km/h. This decision was made unanimously by Wellington City Councillors on 11 June, and is the first step in encouraging more people to walk and cycle in the central city.
The 30km/h speed limit that is already in place on the Golden Mile (Lambton Quay, part of Willis Street, Manners Street and Courtenay Place) will be extended to most other streets in the city centre.
The speed limit on the main through roads will stay at 50km/h. This is to encourage people driving through the city to use these main routes rather than quieter streets. The map below shows the streets that will change to 30km/h. You can also view a list of affected streets.
For now, Taranaki Street remains at 50km/h although this is likely to be changed in the future. If it becomes part of a mass rapid transit route, we’d review the speed limit at that time.
We need to make a start now on moving more people with fewer vehicles.
Changing speed limits to 30km/h will help to make Wellington’s city centre a more pleasant and relaxed place, and provide a better environment for people walking and on bikes.
With a growing population, it’s crucial more of us use public transport, walk or bike. Safer central city speeds will help to encourage this.
The map of the city centre and Te Aro shows the safer speed zone.
If you're having trouble viewing the map below, download a pdf (180KB .pdf).
You can also view a full list of the affected streets
From 24 February to 31 March 2020, Let’s Get Wellington Moving engaged on the proposal to lower central city speed limits in Wellington.
Feedback was sought on reducing speed limits on all central city streets to 30km/h with the exception of the main roads (Waterloo Quay, Customhouse Quay, Jervois Quay, Cable Street, Wakefield Street, Kent Terrace, Cambridge Terrace, Vivian Street and Karo Drive) which were proposed to remain at 50 km/h.
There were 1712 submissions, including 24 from stakeholder groups. Sixty-four percent of submitters supported the proposal while 34 percent opposed it.
From 6 November to 15 December 2019, Let’s Get Wellington Moving engaged on an earlier proposal to lower central city speed limits in Wellington.
There were 1190 pieces of feedback received from 475 people, including seven submissions from stakeholder groups.
The engagement had a map-based platform where people could give their feedback on specific locations.