Bollards provide definition between the road and cycle lane at the intersection of State Highway 1 (Cumberland St) and lower High St yesterday, in an effort by the New Zealand Transport Agency to improve cycle safety. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
The Dunedin City Council is urgently addressing safety issues
for cyclists on the one-way state highway system through
Dunedin, following the death of a cyclist on Cumberland St on
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said discussions between councillors
and staff about cycle safety began a while ago, but the death
of Dr Li Hong (Chris) He this week highlighted the need for
an urgent solution, which might include temporary measures
while permanent changes are considered.
"There is considerable concern right through council and we
will be seeking urgent discussions with the New Zealand
Transport Agency (NZTA) to look at how we can address these
very clearly urgent issues," Mr Cull told the Otago Daily
He said councillors and staff would meet early next week to
determine what the council could do within the regulatory
framework, what the NZTA was responsible for and how the
organisations could work together.
"At the moment, the cycle lane on the one-way is in just
about the most dangerous place to put it and there is only a
white line separating cyclists from heavy traffic. There is a
consensus among council staff, councillors and people in the
community that cycle safety needs to be improved, so we would
be silly not to be talking about some solutions," he said.
Mr Cull said he was setting up a strategic cycling advisory
group to look at how the council could optimise its
development of cycling throughout the city.
Yesterday morning, NZTA placed temporary bollards between the
road and cycle lane at the intersection of State Highway 1
(Cumberland St) and lower High St.
NZTA state highways operations manager Roger Bailey said the
installation was in response to complaints from cyclists
about motorists cutting the corner and crossing into the
It had been an issue for the past year, he said.
"Initially we responded by painting the cycle lanes green to
make them clearly visible to drivers. This worked initially,
but the issue has re-emerged again in the last month," Mr
NZTA was looking at a more permanent solution, he said.
Not long after being installed yesterday, the bollards were
run over by a truck as it cut the corner. The lunchtime
incident was witnessed by a Dunedin resident who contacted
the ODT about it.