The Dunedin City Council is to analyse parking use along
the central Dunedin stretch of State Highway 1 proposed for a
separated cycle facility, and investigate alternative parking
Parking outside and access to up to 46 businesses on the two
one-way sections of the state highway through the city could
be affected by proposals to install a uni-directional lane or
two-way lane to improve cyclist safety.
Businesses and major operations and visitor attractions which
made submissions on the proposal, including the Otago Museum,
Cadbury, Allied Press and the Southern District Health Board,
have identified, as major concerns, safe access to and from
their properties over the proposed lanes and the potential
loss of parking for visitors, clients and staff.
Most, as well as the AA Otago and the Otago Chamber of
Commerce, say they cannot fully support the proposals until
the negative impacts they will have on businesses are
During recent consultation on the proposed lanes, the Otago
Museum made a strong submission against both proposals put
forward by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the
Museum director Ian Griffin said both would seriously impact
on the museum's operation because of the potential loss of
parks on both sides of the building.
He said most of the 450,000 people who visited the museum
each year came from outside the city centre and arrived in
''Very few visitors cycle to the museum and while the present
proposals may increase visits from cyclists, they will have a
negative impact on visitors (many of them tourists) who have
no choice other than to drive to the museum.''
Under the present proposals, visitors, many with young
children, would be forced to cross State Highway 1 to get to
the site. People making deliveries would also have to cross
the cycle lane at ''significant risk of an accident''.
Neither were desirable situations.
The museum wanted to support increased cycling, but the
present proposals were ''not something we can support because
no mitigation is provided for the negative impact on our
business'', Mr Griffin said.
Many businesses said there was not enough information in the
proposal around parking issues, and those who would entertain
it said they needed to see more detailed investigations into
parking use and potential alternative arrangements for
parking in the area before they could support a cycle lane.
Many wanted to be consulted on the development of alternative
parking options as well as detailed lane design.
Accounting firm Keogh McCormack, which owns own property in
Radio Otago House, called the loss of parking outside the
building ''anti-business'' because it impeded staff and
clients' access to the business and also consequently eroded
the value of their asset.
Cadbury site manager Judith Mair said 65% of Cadbury's
120,000 annual visitors arrived by car. Removing parks there
would potentially affect visitor numbers and therefore other
business initiatives, such as a planned cafe.
Cadbury and neighbour Allied Press both had large numbers of
truck movements in and out of their properties daily and both
had serious concerns the lanes posed significant safety
Ms Mair said the issues of conflicts between trucks and
cyclists had the potential to fetter the ongoing operation of
the plant if not adequately addressed, although the company
could support a one-directional lane if more parks were put
in on the western side of Cumberland St.
The NZTA has said it will do a lot more work on analysing
vehicle movements in the area and the safety issues in the
next few months.
DCC transportation planning manager Sarah Connolly said it
was recognised that unless people's concerns were addressed
there would not be support for the project.
''We won't be able to make everyone happy, but we want to
satisfy the majority and to do that we need to collect a lot
The council had identified several parking options, from
rejigging parking times on nearby streets to a new parking
''For each option we're looking at [over the next few months]
how many parking spaces could be created at what cost, who
would be using them, and where would they be, so as to be
within a reasonable walk of the places that need to be
When they had more information they would go back to affected
businesses and seek input.