Wellington parking update

from Jon Visser of WCC:

“I have confirmed with our parking contractor that:
“For parking restrictions indicated with a blue & white sign, these restrictions only apply between the hours of 8am and 6pm unless the sign specifies a different time period or ‘at all times’. While the law now allows this to be enforced seven days a week, our current response is to only enforce this Monday to Saturday. Outside those hours (and on Sundays at our discretion), unless otherwise stated, anyone may park in those spaces for as long as they like.”

This means that at night, unless the sign says “at all times”, cars can use motorcycle spaces.

It also means that, between 6pm and 8am the following day, unless the restriction on the sign specifically says otherwise, motorcycles can use car parking spaces like Pay and Display spaces and Loading Zones.”

WCC: Campaign Against Illegal Motorcycle Parking

Campaign Against Illegal Motorcycle Parking

Free parking for motorcycles and scooters hasn’t stopped riders from illegally parking on inner-city footpaths and roads and we’re about to get tough on offenders. Over the past year we have provided extra on-road parking spaces for about 100 motorcycles and scooters in the inner city, bringing the number of motorcycle parking spaces in the central city to about 450.

Despite this, many riders continue to illegally park their bikes and scooters on the footpath all day, causing a hazard for pedestrians. Others park their bikes in the manoeuvring spaces at the ends of parallel parks, preventing cars from being able to safely get in or out.

We get lots of complaints from the public about illegally parked bikes and we’re about to embark on a campaign to let riders know they will be ticketed if they continue to park illegally. The campaign will involve tying ‘message straps’ to motorcycles parked illegally in the central business district, reminding riders that they should find a correct park just like any other vehicle user. This will be followed up by an enforcement campaign. Tickets could range from $60 to $200 depending on the type of offence.

The Council’s Infrastructure Performance Manager, Jon Visser, says the number of motorcycles and scooters being parked on the footpath has escalated since the rise in petrol prices because more people are using them to get to work. “We estimate the number of motorcycle commuters has increased from about 500 to 1000 a day since 2006. People commuting to work on motorcycles should be parking in public or private parking buildings so that other motorcycle users who need to come and go during the day have more space available to park on the road.”

Jon says the worst area is on Grey Street between Lambton Quay and Featherston Street. “There are so many bikes parked on the footpath that people with prams or wheelchairs can’t get past and need to go on to the road to get around the bikes.”

He says some riders may not realise the problems they are causing because they park their motorcycles on the footpath in the morning and leave in the evening when the footpath probably isn’t as busy. “If they realised the danger to pedestrians, and to their bikes, with people tripping over them they might change their habits. With the weather improving, it’s vital that we get the bikes off the footpaths so that road renewal works, increased pedestrian numbers and the many activities that typically occur over summer can take place safely.”

Jon says the Council’s Footpath Management Policy makes it clear that footpaths are for pedestrians. Motorcycle users are expected to park correctly and complete their journeys on foot like everybody else.

Motorcycle and scooter parks are marked with signposts and are located all over the central business district, including Featherston Street, The Terrace, Lambton Quay, and Willeston, Victoria, Wakefield, Willis and Dixon streets. Motorcycles can also be parked in many public and private parking buildings. For a detailed map of available parks check out our website.

see WCC page here

Worthwhile discussion here, with input from Jon Visser himself: Kiwibiker: Wellington Parking – They are about to clamp down on bike parking

Bus Lanes

As of Feb 27th 2005 motorcyclists in New Zealand are permitted to use all bus lanes. However this does not apply to “Bus Only” sections of road as designated by the local council.


The following are Bus Only sections of road (not available to motorcyclists):

Lambton Quay from Panama St to Hunter St,
Hunter St to Customhouse Quay,
Customhouse Quay to Willis St,
Willis St to Mercer St.

All other bus lanes are available to motorcyclists (when last checked with Wellington City Council). For current bus lanes in Wellington contact Wellington City Council


For current bus lanes in Auckland contact Auckland City Council


Where are they, and when?

Bus Priority Lanes – how they work