More cycle lanes throughout central Dunedin are likely to be
widened by the New Zealand Transport Agency, which, in June
or July, also plans to seek consultation on more drastic
The NZTA and Dunedin City Council started a review of cycle
safety through Dunedin, focusing on the pair of one-way
systems along State Highway 1.
They received more than 50 informal submissions from Dunedin
cyclists, prompting a list of potential options for further
NZTA projects team leader Simon Underwood said the most
immediate priorities included a re-marked road layout,
resulting in wider cycle lanes.
''It's not an entirely simple task as the whole marked layout
needs to change to enable this, and removing of existing
markings is more problematic than application of new
markings. But we are seeking to progress this as quickly as
Recent resurfacing on parts of the one-way systems had meant
cycle lanes could be widened to 2.4m and the NZTA indicated
it would look at doing the same where necessary and possible.
There was also a need to deter motorists from ''weaving''
across cycle lanes, particularly in the Queens Garden, Jetty
St overbridge and Andersons Bay areas, Mr Underwood said.
Bollards installed on SH1 at the road curve near the
Leviathan Hotel had helped control motor vehicle encroachment
into cycle lanes, he said.
''We need to be careful how these [bollards] are applied
because motorists will need to move across the cycle lane at
some point when turning left.''
Other immediate priorities were the ''milling'' of high lip
areas where the build-up of seal adjacent to the kerb
resulted in poor parking, and a review of parking in
While such measures were undertaken, the NZTA and the council
would also consider long-term improvement options, Mr
There was a particular need to provide for increased and
safer cycling along three ''links'' - Northeast Valley to the
harbour area, gardens area to the city, and the Oval to the
city, the hospital and the university.
''The investigation into these will involve a broader range
of treatments, including separated cycle facilities.
''A key part of this task will be matching those solutions
most effective with what is most practically accommodated
within the roading network,'' he said.
''In most locations there is little or no option in regard to
completely off-road treatments.''
A whole-of-community approach had to be taken, Mr Underwood
''Our aim is to have some proposals on the table for
consultation in June or July.''
Permanent changes to the Anzac Ave and Castle St
intersection, for improved pedestrian and cycle safety, were
due to be completed by July.