Golden Mile – Manners Mall – bye bye Mercer St motorcycle park?

Wellington City Council Web Alert


The following consultation is now available online:

Traffic Resolution – Golden Mile
Proposed traffic restrictions to carry out the bus priority scheme in Golden Mile – Manners Mall.

Opened: 13 April
Closing: 30 April

Traffic Resolution – Golden Mile

Bus only lane

Wellington City Council is asking for public submissions on a resolution for traffic restrictions so that we can carry out the bus priority scheme in the Golden Mile.

Background Information

There are some traffic movement and parking changes needed in light of the Council’s decision to open up Manners Mall to public transport and to make improvements to surrounding streets.

The Council’s decision to revoke the pedestrian status of Manners Mall has been the subject of an Environment Court appeal. We expect to hear the outcome of the appeal in May. The project will proceed if the Council’s decision is upheld.

The resolution forms part of the preparatory work needed for construction works.

Projects – Restoring the Golden Mile – Bus Route and Street Changes


The proposed changes involve:

  • reversing the flow of general traffic in Manners Street (and restricting turn movements as a result)
  • removing parking from Manners Street east and Willis Street
  • creating more car parks in Dixon Street, Victoria Street, Wakefield Street and Mercer Street.

Some current car parks will be out of use during the construction period.

The changes will result in better overall movement of traffic through the area and provide approximately 40 additional car parks.


To make a submission, read the proposed traffic resolution, view the map and complete the online submission form below.

The deadline for submissions is:  5.00pm Friday 30 April 2010.

WCC parking update from Jon Visser

“Happy New Year and I have some good news. I have just finished a meeting with our traffic engineers, who have agreed with the following proposed traffic resolutions (subject to public consultation & agreement by Councillors):

* Addition of a new P120 Motorcycles-Only parking bay in the Victoria Street parking lay-by opposite Scooterazzi. The time restriction discourages all-day parking (e.g. commuters or stock for sale) thereby making it more likely that riders can get a park.

* Addition of two new Motorcycles-Only parking bays in College Street (to replace the space that was lost). One of these will be time restricted (P120) to support the small cafe businesses at the western end, the other will be approximately 6m of unrestricted space at the eastern end (not highly utilised by cars).
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WCC propose removing the Mercer St motorcycle park

If you had heard of the recent proposal to change Manners Mall from it’s current pedestrian only status to being a glorified bus lane – and weren’t very interested, think again.

Buried in the details are a proposal to remove the current Mercer St motorcycle parking area (currently providing space for at least 30 motorcycles and scooters), and replacing it with angled car parking for ten cars.

There is also a proposal to put a motorcycle parking space on the other side of Mercer St, but its only about the equivalent of two car spaces, adjacent to a loading zone.
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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