WCC – Proposed Revocation of Manners Mall Pedestrian Status – 2009 Submission

Proposed Revocation of Manners Mall Pedestrian Status – Submission

The design of the CBD must begin by placing top priority on pedestrians. 

Implications short term

l   Planning now must focus on public transport options which best compliment a pedestrian focus. Light rail is more compatible with pedestrians – more predictable pace and stops, less noise, less pollution than buses.  Buses are less compatible with a pedestrian focus.   Cars are incompatible with a pedestrian focus.  Cars must be effectively removed as transport through the CBD, limiting them to drop off and delivery roles.

l   In the CBD existing pedestrian crossings must be retained and the number expanded.  To reinforce this, pedestrian crossings in the near suburbs must be retained; this will encourage pedestrian thinking.

l   Therefore, revoking pedestrian status in favour of a bus route is not the way to go.

Transport Design Discussion.

The current priority on expanding pathways to the airport (“Ngauranga to Wellington Airport Corridor Plan”) is misguided, does not fit with a sustainable design for our city, and must be replaced!  There will be less traffic going to the airport in a sustainable way of living, not more.  What is viewed today in the Wellington CBD as transport delays could be limited by removing cars from the CBD with parking at the outskirts.  Longer transport runs can be accommodated for cars and public transport around the outside of the CBD.

Connections into the CBD area from close suburbs (e.g.Lyall Bay) can be accomplished with public transport.  Connections from the Hutt and Kapiti arms of the metropolitan area can also be accomplished with public transport along with individual car parking at the edge of the city.  Parking should be severely limited within the CBD and concentrated on the outskirts of the CBD (e.g. rail area).

Light rail is the most compatible with pedestrians and can possibly share the space with pedestrians while buses would not be appropriate.  Light rail could be the “spine” of the system from the rail station through to the hospital and the airport.  Buses can be directed around the edges of the CBD to and from the various suburban areas.   Light rail is not a radical proposal.  Bold thinking is required now to develop a sustainable city and a surprisingly easy way to progress would be to discard the silly and currently debilitating notion that light rail is too expensive and radical.

The proposed Cuba Street enhancement is a small factor insufficient to enhance the priority of pedestrians in the CBD.  Automobiles should not be allowed in the area.

Some of the items listed in page 9 of the WCC discussion brochure could be useful in the right context , but they are not going to be significant within the current proposal which does not implement a pedestrian priority.


“What do you think of the proposal to revoke the pedestrian status of Manners Mall to allow buses to travel through?”  – I do not support the proposal.

“What do you think about the proposal to create a shared space in lower Cuba Street to compensate for the loss of pedestrian space in Manners Mall?” (note- this wording is prejudicial in favour of the current proposal; to be against this proposal is not be against enhancements to pedestrians) –  I do not support the proposal.

Sincerely, Richard Keller


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