Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has continually been making improvements along State Highway 2 (SH2) to make cycling on this section of road safer, while work continues on the Ngā Ūranga to Pito-One and Pito-One to Melling sections of Te Ara Tupua.
Speed limit review
Updated May 2021
We have been working on a technical assessment of speed limits of SH2 from Ngā-Ūranga through the Hutt Valley, to understand what impact speed limits on the route have on safety. Depending on the finding of this assessment, we may take further steps to review the speed limits. Changing any speed limit is a legal process which includes engagement and consultation with the community.
We have made a number of changes along SH2 in the last few years. To encourage other road users to give cyclists more room, particularly at pinch points, we added more signage and road markings, and widened the shoulder in sections.
To improve the safety of people on bikes at the Horokiwi Road intersection, which has a high number of heavy vehicles, we introduced clearer instructions and reminded cyclists to give way.
And for those heading north and wanting to cycle over the Melling Bridge to Lower Hutt, we made it easier with the introduction of a new hook turn facility – the first of its kind in Wellington.
Further details of the improvements we made are as follows:
Ngā Ūranga to Pito-One northbound
- A ‘pass safely’ sign.
- A series of green painted cycle markings in the shoulder at four pinch point locations.
- A series of green painted cycle markings across the slip lane to the BP service station.
- Signage and road markings indicating that cyclists must give way to vehicles, at both the left turn lane and the on-ramp at Horokiwi (more detail below).
- Rumble strip added to the edge line of the shoulder from the Horokiwi Road northbound.
Pito-One to Melling northbound
- A ‘pass safely’ sign.
- A ramp onto the footpath at the Cornish Street pinch point.
- Introduction of a hook turn at Harbour View Road for people wishing to turn right at Melling Bridge.
- Improved ramp onto the shared path at Tirohanga Road and green painted markings.
- A series of green painted cycle markings across the access to Wairere Road.
- Shoulder widening and a series of green painted cycle markings across the access to Major Drive.
Melling to Pito-One southbound
- A ‘pass safely’ sign.
- Shoulder widening and a series of green painted cycle markings in the shoulder at the pinch point opposite Wairere Road.
Pito-One to Ngā Ūranga southbound
- A series of green painted cycle markings indicating the exit onto the shared path to Hutt Road.
- A new asphalt surface onto the slip lane that provides access for the shared path to Hutt Road.
Horokiwi safety improvements
We reviewed the design of the Horokiwi intersection based on feedback around ambiguity as to whether cyclists or vehicles have priority. Together with representatives from local cycling groups and Horokiwi Quarry, we considered a number of design options. Our aim was to design the safest available option for people on bikes, who have to interact with a high number of heavy vehicles at this intersection. A particular consideration was that drivers of heavy vehicles have considerable blind spots around their vehicles and at this intersection there are further constraints including the blind bend, the short deceleration lane and a 180 degree turn into Horokiwi Road.
This is a unique and challenging intersection, and it was agreed that the safest design option would be to introduce give way signage and road markings, indicating that cyclists must give way to a vehicle, if one is present. In addition to this, we are proposing to install a cycle-activated warning sign to remind other road users to look for people on bikes as they approach and turn left into Horokiwi Road.
At the other intersections along SH2, we remind drivers that if there is a cyclist present (and they are not signalling a left turn) then drivers should assume they are travelling straight ahead. If the rider moves into the straight-through lane, then they have priority over turning vehicles. We would also like to remind people on bikes to look over their shoulders for vehicles and clearly signal their intentions.
Cycling northbound to Pito-One
We are providing additional signage and road markings at the northern end of the Hutt Road shared path. This will make clear that there is no northbound access to Pito-One via the shared path for people cycling and direct people on bikes across the intersection towards the on-ramp to SH2 and the northbound shoulder.
The section of SH2 between the shared path and the Pito-One on-ramp is the shoulder of a state highway and as such, it is not lawful to ride a cycle northbound in the southbound shoulder.
If you are new to cycling or have recently taken it up again, you may be interested in courses that our local Pedal Ready team organise.