With three days remaining before submissions close, the
New Zealand Transport Agency has already received 1780
responses to its proposals for separated cycle lanes through
Submissions have been made both in writing (1050) and through
an online survey (730) and are already giving some clear
direction to authorities.
The NZTA and Dunedin City Council are consulting the
community on how it prefers to improve the safety of people
cycling on the State Highway 1 pair through Dunedin.
After researching and considering the options, a working
group came up with two options - a uni-directional separated
cycle lane on each of the one-way routes or a bi-directional
separated cycle lane in Cumberland St - which have been put
The month-long submission period closes on Friday.
NZTA projects team manager Simon Underwood said the feedback
from emails, letters and drop-in sessions tended to show a
preference for a uni-directional cycle lane.
Online responses marginally favoured a bi-directional cycle
lane in Cumberland St.
''I'd like to add though, it's not a vote-oriented process.
We're looking to read the submissions for both the collective
views and individual preferences/concerns.
"Ultimately, any recommendation for a long-term change will
need to be that which the agency and council consider to be
best for road safety, while also taking account of the views
expressed through the consultation process.''
Key concerns raised so far included the loss of parking,
particularly around Dunedin Hospital and the physio pool, in
relation to some specific retailers/business, and also in
terms of wider central city parking.
There was also concern about unintended consequences such as
more people walking across the highway, safety at access
ways, and increased separation resulting in less awareness by
Others were concerned about the capacity of the right-turn
lanes at intersections and how well either proposal would
integrate with other cycling infrastructure; cost; and
whether the focus should be on George St instead, and making
it more cycle safe and less vehicle-oriented.
The sheer volume of responses meant NZTA would produce a
consultation summary document for the public, so submitters
could see their views had been considered, Mr Underwood said.
The aim was to have the document posted on its website by
Individual submissions would not be posted for privacy
The working group, made up of representatives of NZTA, DCC,
Spokes and a specialist consultant, would review the
submissions and determine a ''best fit'' option for
recommendation to council.
As part of that work, there would be more cycle and traffic
counts, further work on parking options and further research
on best practice solutions in light of the submissions.
It was likely the group would go back to some submitters more
directly affected by the proposals.
The aim was to report to the March meeting of the council.
Should the council decide to proceed, the proposal would then
be included in the NZTA's 2015-18 land transport programme.