GET OUTTA HERE
O’connell Street business owners want cars off their street for good.
A bunch of business owners on O’connell Street in the central city are petitioning to close off the one-way shared street permanently to cars. It had been shut to cars for most of the year while Freyberg Place was being upgraded but it has since opened again. All the business owners who have frontage on the street have signed a petition that will go to the City Centre Advisory Board soon. Maud Cahill, of Jason Books, says after almost a year of having no cars on the street, the majority of business owners would like the street to be pedestrianised. “It was so nice when we had it, especially the junction with the new Freyberg Place. It seems like a really perfect opportunity for the council to make this whole bit pedestrianised – Vulcan Lane, O’ Connell and Freyberg Place. You’d just have the most amazing precinct.” She says when the street was car-free, more people were attracted to the area. “The argument for [cars] is that there’s not that many cars anyway but that works both ways – if there aren’t many cars, then why do you need it?”