NZTA Update on the One-Ways

Editors Note: Spokes received an update today from Simon Underwood, NZTA’s Project Team Manager leading the review of Dunedin state highway cycle lanes. Upon his request, we are pleased to post this to our members and the community. While Spokes will reply later on behalf of the organization, you are encouraged to discuss on social media and respond to these important questions individually (please cc any NZTA correspondence to SPOKES). We are encouraged by the experience of the NZTA team looking at the issues, the willingness to receive cyclist and community input, and the acknowledgment that further design development and planning and financial programming will be part of a long term effort.

Dear Fellow Cyclist,

Following the death of Dr He in November last year, we’ve received many emails* along with a request from the Dunedin City Council seeking a review of the safety of the state highway one-way system for cyclists.  Also up for discussion is how best to provide for cycle travel through the central city network as a whole.

(* and thank-you, if you are one of those persons who have already taken the trouble to email us.)

Together with Dunedin City Council transport and traffic staff, we have started this review, in which there are broadly two streams:

In the medium to long term, how should cycle travel be best provided for?  This will take a more strategic view as to what a safe central city cycle network could look-like; researching practice elsewhere, and then looking at options to improve route choice and safety of those routes within the context of our city. This is expected to lead to longer term measures and involve further design development, planning and financial programming, wider community input, as well as adaption of current standards/statutory requirements.

And for the now/immediate term, what ‘quick wins’ can be implemented?  Overall, the current cycle lanes and shared paths along the one-way system, comprise a network of some 8km. The ‘quick wins’ are therefore aimed at addressing/improving any key site specific safety risks, along this network.

We don’t have ‘lines on paper’ just yet, and although many general concerns and ideas have been gleaned from feedback received thus far, we would still appreciate feedback on:

Where are those key locations of concern along the one-way system (what blocks or locations to you have most concern with)?

  1. What is the issue?
  2. What would you like to see done?
  3. Conversely, are there sections of the one-way system that you feel more comfortable with?

And similarly, in traveling (north – south) through the central city, we appreciate that there are differences in choice of route.

  1. Over what sections of the one-way system, do you feel you are most compelled to use and why (eg are alternate routes too far out the way, or are there constraints or safety concerns applicable to those routes)?
  2. What routes do you use as an alternative to certain sections of the one-way system?
  3. What alternate routes would like to see developed in preference to sections of the one-way system?

So if you’re able to provide feedback in relation to the above prompts, or have any other comment to make, please send an email by 18 February 2013 to  dunedinshcyclelanes@nzta.govt.nz  (Attention Simon Underwood).

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3 Responses to NZTA Update on the One-Ways

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  2. Mike Hammond says:

    Sent to DCC…
    I bike Monday-Friday from St Clair to Hospital- and occasionally sometimes St Clair to Wakari Hospital-and back via stone Street, Mornington. (but that’s another story)
    At approx 7.30am each morn I bike down Macandrew road and zigzag towards Warehouse carpark (as empty at this time with minimal cars and I do not feel safe on oneway cycle lanes) I then cross oneway -Heading North along the Cumberland Street footpath, until Queens Gardens. When I travel the last few blocks along oneway cycle lane to Hospital.
    Or carry on footpath along-side Toitu and railway station.
    The issues for me are I travel down Macandrew Road as slightly wider with less traffic in early am. I do not use Hillside Road as not only very busy most days it is too narrowly congested with cars turning left and right and other general hazards along the way.
    The main issues for me are I ride at least 50% of the time on footpaths as concerned about general traffic behavior towards cyclists and don’t feel safe on oneway lanes.
    Footpaths rock-always careful to respect pedestrians
    Sometimes I bike the extra distance to Portsmouth Drive as separate cycle lanes are “user-friendly” (although this is weather dependent)
    Cyclists are pragmatic-so give us the option of different routes rather than the cheapist options.
    Finally, back to Stone street, Mornington- I am still alive because I bike on footpath when going up/down this route So make the footpath wide enough for both cyclists and pedestrians. Stuart street is hard work, but an option if has seperate cyclelane, free from car doors and truck mirrors. (footpath)

    Thank you
    Mike

  3. Tony Fahey, Dunedin says:

    I ride from London Street to King Edward Street in South Dunedin daily for employment. The only safer portion of the route I use is riding on the footpath beside the Oval sports ground on Princes Street. There are no cycle lanes on Princes Street. Car doors, buses and merging traffic have to be looked out for.

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