An artist's impression of a one-directional cycle lane in
Cumberland St, Dunedin. Image from NZTA.
The vast majority of the 2000 submissions on Dunedin's
State Highway 1 separated cycle-lane proposal favour a
one-direction lane on both one-way streets.
The consultation over improving cycle safety on the two
stretches of SH1 through Dunedin - Great King, Cumberland and
Castle Sts - showed cyclists would use such a lane, which was
generally regarded as a safer option.
NZTA conducted the four-week consultation, in which people
were asked if they would use the cycle lane, whether it
should be one-directional or two-way, and what other issues
A summary of the submissions, released yesterday, showed
nearly 2100 people, including 1500 who made their views known
via cycling advocate group Spokes, made a written submission
on the proposal to introduce separated cycle lanes, which
would require the removal of hundreds of car parks.
Another 883 people filled in an online NZTA survey.
More than 1000 cyclists said they would use the one-way
The Otago Chamber of Commerce said more investigations into
parking solutions were needed.
AA Otago's support for the two-way option, in which fewer car
parks would be lost, was conditional on alternative parking
measures in adjacent streets.
Most of the nine retailers and property owners who made
submissions did not support either option.
NZTA projects team leader Simon Underwood said the
submissions gave a clear indication people would use the
lanes, which was part of the information NZTA was seeking
from the consultation.
Three hundred and ten submissions were from out-of-town
people (mainly cyclists) and 128 from motorists, pedestrians,
ratepayers, retailers, businesses, property owners and other
stakeholders, such as the Southern District Health Board and
the University of Otago.
The university, the SDHB public health unit and Otago
Regional Council favoured the one-direction option.
The SDHB said it would prefer a state highway did not run
through the hospital campus, but it was aware diverting the
highway would be difficult.
It said close and accessible parking for people using the
hospital was paramount, and any changes to incorporate cycle
lanes would need to take into account alternative parking
While Dunedin Hospital was one of the larger generators of
demand for on-street parking, the SDHB supported a
one-direction cycle lane for its improved safety and because
it provided people with more active choices for transport.
Detailed submissions were received from 48 submitters
concerned about the potential loss of parking, with many
saying alternative arrangements must be made.
Cadbury and Otago Museum, which would lose parking on both
sides, and tenants of Radio Otago House were among businesses
in Great King, Cumberland and Castle Sts concerned about the
potential loss of short-term parking and safe access for
Individuals were concerned about access to and convenient
parking outside the hospital and physio pool.
The university supported a one-direction cycle lane because
it believed the current reliance on on-street parking was not
consistent with its long-term sustainable travel targets for
staff and students.
It also saw cycling as a credible alternative to vehicles and
was extremely concerned at the limited safety of the existing
Other issues raised in submissions included additional safety
concerns, costs and Dunedin topography being unsuited to
A series of alternative ideas for improving cyclist safety
was also put forward.
Mr Underwood said more information would now be gathered,
including more detailed cycle counts, right-turn traffic
counts (those who would cross the cycle lane) and parking
Alternative parking would be further investigated and
discussed with affected businesses.
The full summary was available on the NZTA's web page and
anyone who felt their point of view was not taken in to
account should contact him. The submissions could also be
read at the NZTA's Dunedin office.
A progress report on the project would be delivered to the
city council's infrastructure services committee in April.
Businesses and property owners directly affected would then
A report recommending a preferred option is likely to be
presented to the council in May or June next year.