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Cycle safety improvements get under way

Monday, 7 August 2017 1:10pm

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A computer generated image showing a section of the new cycle lane on SH1.

Work began today on an $8 million cycle lane project on the SH1 one-way system through central Dunedin to make it safer for cyclists, pedestrians and all road users.

The new lanes are being built on the north and southbound legs of the SH1 one-way system between the Dunedin Botanic Garden and Queens Gardens – passing through the University area.

The existing painted cycle lanes will be replaced with purpose-built cycle lanes alongside the footpath. A series of concrete islands will keep highway traffic and cyclists safely apart.

Project planning began following cycle fatalities in 2011 and 2012. Since 2012 there have been a further nine injury crashes involving cyclists on these roads.

Four stages of work

Work will be carried out in four stages, with the first past the University on SH1 Cumberland Street south between Duke Street and Albany Street. It will include milling and resurfacing shoulder areas of the highway, kerb and channelling and footpath works and landscaping.

Most of the new cycle lanes are on the right side of the highway which has several safety advantages, such as fewer interactions between cyclists and buses at bus stops.

However, on the Cumberland Street (southbound) between the Botanic Garden and Albany Street the new lanes remain on the left side where the existing cycle lanes are. This is so those using the southbound section of the one-way system to bike to the University or Polytechnic do not have to cross and then re-cross the highway.

Car park changes

Changes in the availability and use of parking on parts of the one-way system are required to accommodate the new cycle lanes.

Initial net parking losses were around 390. In response to public and business feedback this figure is now 170. The Dunedin City Council (DCC) recently created 50 new car parks on residential streets in the wider University campus area.

Connecting Dunedin

The NZ Transport Agency, DCC and Otago Regional Council are implementing a range of transport-related projects through their ‘Connecting Dunedin’ work programme. This aims to create a Dunedin transport system with better links and more choices for people to move around, whether it’s by bike, foot, car or bus.