Proposed cycle lanes would result in car parks being
removed from Dunedin's central one-way system.
Between 200 and 400 parks on the central Dunedin one-way
system will be removed and replaced by dedicated cycle lanes if
a new plan by the New Zealand Transport Agency goes ahead.
The agency, in conjunction with Dunedin City Council staff
and cycle advocacy group Spokes, has come up with two
preferred long-term options for improving safety on Dunedin's
one-way system, both of which include cycleways separated
from the road.
The first option would result in cycleways beside existing
footpaths along the right-hand side of the two one-way
sections of State Highway 1, where there is now on-street
A report to be considered by city councillors at Monday's
final meeting of the triennium said this was considered the
option that would most improve cyclist safety.
The cycleways would be separated from traffic by a kerbed
island or planter boxes, and would run along both one-way
streets between Rattray St and the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
The second option would be a two-way cycleway along
The report, prepared by council staff to update councillors
on cyclist safety improvements on the two stretches of road,
said five long-term options had been identified for improving
safety on the roads.
There had been 13 crashes that caused serious injury to
cyclists as well as three cyclist deaths on the one-way
system since 2003.
There had also been a death in 1998.
Since then, cycling infrastructure had been steadily
improved, but further serious and fatal injuries had shown
the need for a complete reconsideration of how cycle travel
and safety was managed in the central city, the report said.
After the death of a cyclist on the section of road in
November 2011, the council held an extraordinary meeting at
which it was decided to ask the NZTA to urgently look at
options for improving safety on the highway.
Since then, short-term safety improvements identified in
conjunction with the council, such as moving some parks,
installing bollards and widening existing cycle lanes, have
NZTA projects team manager Simon Underwood said in developing
the options the working group recognised that for north-south
travel through the inner city there were few alternative
off-road or non-arterial route options for cyclists.
As an example, the other continuous route of George St and
Princes St was also busy and included bus traffic.
The group came up with the five options for long-term safety
improvements. A sixth was added after councillors requested
in May that converting the eastern footpath of the northbound
one-way section to a cycle lane also be investigated.
The NZTA narrowed the options down to the two preferred
options based on the best outcomes for safety, level of
service for cyclists and vehicles, effect on parking, and
cost, Mr Underwood said.
The footpath conversion option was the least-preferred option
because of the safety issues it presented.
The NZTA would shortly begin consultation on the two
preferred long-term options, Mr Underwood said.
The purpose of the consultation was first to find out if
people wanted these options, and then to determine which
Council transportation planning manager Sarah Connolly said
the council and the NZTA believed improving cyclist safety on
the one-way system was the key to a safer inner-city network
The council is being asked to note that initial consultation
would start shortly on the two options, she said.
Preliminary and informal conversations would then be held,
with a formal consultation process to follow.
The consultation process would be designed to ensure affected
businesses were involved.
Mr Underwood said the extent to which parking would be
affected depended on the preferred option for cycle
The report did not list how many parks could be affected. The
Otago Daily Times last night counted about 220 parks
on the right-hand side of the affected northbound one-way
section and about 185 on the right-hand side of the
southbound one-way section.
If the two-way cycle lane was preferred, about 200 parks
would be affected.
Mr Underwood said the impact on parking would be managed by
reviewing parking provision on the left-hand side of the
streets and in surrounding areas to ensure there were
Shorter time limits on side streets would be introduced,
where spaces were now mostly used by commuters. Parking
buildings and off-street car parks were not used to capacity
at the moment, and it was also anticipated that growth in
cycling would decrease parking demand.
The detail of the design of any cycleway depended on the
option chosen, he said.
''At this stage, this is about determining what is wanted. We
know there are an awful lot of questions to be answered.''