Selwyn and Pam Chalmers, of Macandrew Bay, enjoy a stroll on a completed section of the Otago Peninsula shared pathway. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on Dunedin
cycleways has influenced a council decision to separate them
on the next stage of the Otago Peninsula shared pathway.
Projects engineer Evan Matheson said that, after consulting
various parties, the council had decided to split the Ohinetu
Point to Harington Point section, probably with a painted
The new configuration would give both cyclists and
pedestrians their ''own space'' and help avoid conflicts, he
The popularity of the shared pathways on both sides of the
peninsula had resulted in conflict and the council had taken
this into account in making the decision.
''The pedestrians get frustrated with the cyclists and the
cyclists sometimes get frustrated with the pedestrians.''
Despite these issues, there were no plans to make changes to
the already completed sections.
''In a perfect world, yes we would have a separate path for
each, but we haven't got that luxury, so we have got to use
the space as best as we can. People just have to recognise
that it is very popular ... and take care,'' he said.
The council would also get rid of the on-road cycle lane on
the new section, replacing it with the shared pathway.
The council's consent application for the next section would
probably be completed by the end of this month, with
construction likely to begin early next year.
Otago Peninsula Community Board member John Bellamy said
splitting the shared pathway was a ''no-brainer''.
''There is an illogicality about having cyclists ... on a
pedestrian way. It seems to me that it is inevitable that
cyclists are going to collide with pedestrians,'' he said.