A Dunedin cycle lobby group says a New Zealand Transport
Agency proposal for a central city intersection where a cyclist
was killed will do little, if anything, to actually improve
safety, despite that being the objective.
The NZTA wants to make the current temporary arrangements
Spokes Dunedin secretary Robert Thompson said the NZTA had
gone against advice from Spokes on how to improve safety for
cyclists at the intersection of Castle St and Anzac Ave,
where cyclist Peter Wells was killed in November 2011.
He said video evidence collected by Spokes in July last year
showed temporary changes made by NZTA did not appear to
prevent or discourage dangerous driver behaviour.
Video taken last week showed, despite further changes made to
the temporary layout, the standard of safety had not really
been increased, especially for cyclists.
Spokes was invited in January to comment on two permanent
options proposed by the NZTA: to make permanent the temporary
layout, or create a cul-de-sac for Anzac Ave, closing it to
through vehicular traffic.
Based on evidence the group collected in July, subsequent
informal observation and feedback from cyclists, Spokes
strongly recommended the cul-de-sac option.
The NZTA's decision to leave Anzac Ave open to traffic as per
the temporary layout - following consultation with businesses
in the area, which overwhelmingly wanted it to stay open -
compromised the widespread support for improving cycling
conditions in Dunedin, Mr Thompson said.
Despite Spokes attending meetings with council and NZTA
engineers and road traffic planners about ''quick fixes'' for
improving cycle safety in the central city, Anzac Ave had
never been raised and the group could not endorse the NZTA's
Spokes would attend today's council infrastructure committee
meeting, which is open to the public, and had written to
councillors to make them aware the NZTA proposal for Anzac
Ave did not put safety first, Mr Thompson said. NZTA manager
for the project Simon Underwood said he intended to discuss
the issues and reasons for the NZTA's decision in full at