Dunedin cyclists will be safer if a dedicated cycleway is
given the go-ahead by the Dunedin City Council, cycle
Cyclist advocacy group Dunedin Spokes was behind the proposal
this week for a long-term cycle lane along Dunedin's one-way
streets that comprise State Highway 1.
Spokes secretary Robert Thompson said Dunedin could be a lot
safer for cyclists and the proposed lanes would go some way
''We are very supportive of the cycleway; it would be a
significant improvement on the safety for cyclists on our
Mr Thompson said cyclists riding along State Highway 1 were
often sandwiched between motorists and parked cars, making
the route intimidating and dangerous. The New Zealand
Transport Agency, the council and Spokes had come up with two
options to improve safety.
The first was a cycleway beside existing footpaths along the
right-hand side of the two one-way sections of State Highway
1, where there is now on-street parking; and the second
option would be a two-way cycleway along Cumberland St.
Mr Thompson said the unidirectional option on both roads was
preferred because drivers would have to pay attention only to
oncoming traffic and not to the possibility of a cyclist
going against traffic.
This option would mean the removal of 400 parks.
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.
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 and
Mr Thompson said the perception that there were not many
cyclists in Dunedin was incorrect and there was a healthy
number in the city, although he did not have statistics.