There is a need for a safe CBD cycle route south from the railway station that is faster than the waterfront. The waterfront is a bit slow and it bypasses a lot of the places in the CBD people want to go. The Waterloo, Customhouse, Jervois Quays route is too busy a road and Lambton Quay is for buses and pedestrians, which leaves Featherston St. It’s quite a heavy pedestrian route as it is the shortest walking route to the southern end of Lambton Quay and to Willis and Victoria Street. It is a one way street going southwards and it has parking on both the left and the right hand side of the road. In the mornings the left hand side is a clearway. It is an secondary car route with motorists coming off Thorndon Quay or Bowen St and usually going to parking structures in the CBD. It has two car lanes. The businesses lining the street rely more on foot traffic than any of their customers using car parking on the street and some bike parking would bring more potential customers than any car parking.
It would benefit greatly from two way separated bike lanes on the left hand side instead of the parking. Here’s a graphic I made with StreetMix.
There’s plenty of room here:
The CBD does need to have safe separated cycle lanes to encourage all levels of cyclists out of their cars. Cycling in heavy traffic is a huge turnoff to a lot of people, and if there are safer places to ride, then we can argue for bike share for Wellington. The city needs a continuous network of separated cycle lanes (similar to as I drew on that bike share post), and building them along Featherston St is a start.
Here’s an example of a similar situation in Vancouver, with a one way street and a dual way cycle path: