|PROJECT NAME:||Increase and improvement of the bike routes in the City of Wellington, New Zealand.|
|TOWN/CITY:||Wellington City, New Zealand.|
|LOCATION:||Riddiford street & Adelaide Road.|
|INSTALLATION DATE:||May 2022.|
For many years, Wellington’s citizens have expressed their willingness to get around in zero or low carbon ways. This has led to the commitment of local authorities to get public transport priority in key locations and a citywide net of safe bike routes and connections in place.
Need and Project objectives.
The city is improving its bike and bus infrastructures, and they need a solution to resolve the conflict that arises when bike lanes and bus stops intersect.
The proposed solution.
We offered them a solution already proved in many cities around the world, the Vectorial® system platform. The solution was accepted, and the city of Wellington is currently installing five new Vectorial® system platforms along Riddiford Street and Adelaide Road.
The installation of these modular platforms is part of a package of bus and bike improvements. It is an innovative way of increasing footpath height and improving the accessibility at bus stops, allowing people to get on and off buses safely and cross the new bike lanes to the footpath.
The first and biggest platform was installed in front of the Wellington Regional Hospital on a Bike Lane Border with Access Bridge configuration. We were able to set up this configuration because of the space available on the street and because of it allows everyone to have their own space: sidewalk for the pedestrians, the red part of the Vectorial® platform for the cyclists, the black part of the platform for the bus users.
The rest of the platforms were installed on a Shared Cycle Track Boarder configuration. The platforms will be connected to the sidewalk curb and will have
a ramps to the road on each of their edges, which will allow cyclists to continue their ride over the platforms without having to dodge them. At the same time, they will create accessible boarding for the bus. And, last but not least, the platforms will make it easier for buses when approaching the bus stops and avoid bus users being exposed to traffic when they board the bus.