Submissions on cycling lane proposals are being called for
by the NZTA and Dunedin City Council. Photo by Peter
A proposal to install separated lanes for cyclists on
parts of the State Highway 1 network through Dunedin will be
open for public opinion this week.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Dunedin City
Council are to start public consultation on an approach to
improving cycle safety that has already attracted controversy
since the council agreed earlier this year to consult on it.
Council transportation planning manager Sarah Connelly said a
four-week consultation period, seeking submissions on two
preferred options - both of which involve a separated cycle
lane on one-way sections of SH1 - was set to begin on Friday.
The lanes are the NZTA's long-term response to an urgent call
from the council to improve safety for cyclists on the two
one-way streets through the central city, after two cyclists
have been killed there.
The proposals are likely to receive many submissions, with AA
Otago already expressing significant concerns and cycling
advocates Spokes Dunedin already campaigning hard for people
to support the proposal.
Spokes has provided links to send a message of support to
NZTA to other cycle advocates across the country, with the
message that support for Dunedin cycling lanes would set a
precedent to be applied elsewhere in the country.
Eleven councillors in the previous council backed a proposal
to consult on the two options, with just Cr Lee Vandervis and
former councillor Neil Collins voting against it.
Cr Vandervis continues to criticise the proposal,
particularly the potential loss or relocation of at least 200
Council staff said the impact on provision of parking in the
surrounding areas would be considered carefully.
Ms Connelly said meetings with some of the significantly
affected businesses had been arranged to take place during
the consultation period.
Any construction of the cycling lanes would be likely to be
up to four years away.