Feedback from more than 50 Dunedin cyclists and advocacy
groups is being considered by the New Zealand Transport Agency
regarding the safety of the city's cycle network.
The NZTA called for Dunedin residents to highlight the main
cycle safety issues on the State Highway 1 one-way systems
and identify preferred alternatives.
It was conducting a cycle safety review in response to a
request from the Dunedin City Council, and as part of that
had widened the cycle lane on sections of SH1 through the
NZTA acting state highways manager Simon Underwood said 52
emails about Dunedin cycle safety had been sent to the agency
in February alone.
''Virtually every email told of personalised experience and
use of the cycle lanes, with many identifying particular
problem areas as well as conveying their concerns with the
present network overall. We appreciate the time people have
taken to provide this feedback and intend to provide a return
summary of key issues raised, most likely next week,'' he
While the agency was dealing with those issues raised, it
would also continue to develop longer-term solutions for the
inner city network as a whole, as well as improvements which
could be implemented more readily.
Such ''quick wins'' included the resurfacing of parts of SH1
occurring now, he said.
''We are taking the opportunity to remark the road layout so
that the cycle lane is wider, by reallocating `spare' width
from the parking lanes and right hand shoulder,'' he said.
The new cycle lane was 2.4m wide, providing more ''buffer''
space from parked cars and the traffic lane, Mr Underwood
Alongside bus stops, the cycle lane was reduced to 2m wide as
bus stops were wider than car parks, although when cycling
past a bus there was no risk of doors opening, he said.
Traffic lanes were 3.3m wide, as they were elsewhere along
the one-way system.
''This is the mid-block situation. At intersections the cycle
lane reverts closer to its original width, due to the
presence of the left and right-turn lanes, which are wider
than the kerbside parks, although again the `door-opening'
risk does not apply in these areas,'' Mr Underwood said.
On the southbound route, the road was being resurfaced
between Dundas and St David Sts, as well as between Hanover
and St Andrew Sts. Along the northbound route, the work was
being done between St Andrew and Hanover Sts.
Further city blocks would be marked in the same way, either
in conjunction with future resurfacing or as one-off
treatments depending on funding options, Mr Underwood said.
Cyclist fatalities in Dunedin on the SH1 one-way systems had
prompted action by the council.
In the most recent incident, 34-year-old cyclist Dr Li Hong
''Chris'' He died after being hit by a truck while cycling in
Cumberland St last November.