A separated cycleway in Richardson St, South Dunedin, is to
be formed on the south side of the road, rather than the
north side as originally planned.
Dunedin City Council staff notified residents of the change
in a letter this month.
Senior transportation planner Lisa Clifford said two-way
cycle lanes in residential areas were relatively new in New
Zealand and there were road safety concerns at the
Such concerns were relieved by removing one or two parking
spaces near T-intersections.
After a review of the Richardson St proposal following wide
public consultation on the proposed South Dunedin cycle
network, the council decided to move the cycleway to the
opposite side of the street along the St Clair School
frontage. Primarily, it was safer because it crossed fewer
intersections and less parking would be lost.
Revised plans for Richardson St were sent to affected parties
two weeks ago, with consultation ending yesterday.
The plans involved a 3m-wide cycle lane beside the footpath,
with a lane for car parking between the cycle and traffic
The parking lane would have a buffer zone so passengers did
not open their doors and step out into the cycle lane.
The footpath would not be narrowed, although she was unable
to confirm until detailed concept drawings were done how much
narrower the traffic lanes would be.
''We will monitor the new facility to ensure there are no
The arrangement would be the first of its type in Dunedin and
residents had been positive about the lane, particularly
where they perceived there was a problem with speeding that
could be addressed by the improvements.
The detailed design would be done early next year and work
was expected to start in April.