The maximum time period on the 13 pay-and-display parks
outside Dunedin Hospital on Cumberland St between Hanover and
Frederick Sts, is to be increased from four hours to all day
in an attempt to make the area safer for cyclists.
On-street parking on other streets around the hospital will
then be monitored to see how the changes affect those parks.
The Dunedin City Council says the changes on Cumberland St,
which is also State Highway 1, should mean fewer vehicles
manoeuvering into parks across the recently widened cycle
lane, therefore less conflict between vehicles and cyclists.
The changes are scheduled for late this month or early
Other changes in that block at the same time include the
removal of one of three P5 parks, increasing the number of
mobility parks from two to four, the removal of a bus stop
and the installation of no-stopping lines immediately south
of the entrance to the hospital car park.
The changes are one of several short-term measures to improve
safety for cyclists after the council sought urgent action
following two cyclist deaths.
Dunedin City Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said
the Southern District Health Board, the NZ Transport Agency,
the Automobile Association and the Otago Regional Council had
been consulted on the changes.
Results from monitoring effects on nearby Great King, Hanover
and Frederick Sts would be discussed with the DHB to
determine whether further changes were required.
Earlier in 2013, minor changes to parking took place at 17
sites in the central city in response to the council's
November 2012 request to the NZTA and council staff to
identify short-term measures to improve cyclist safety, as
well as developing a long-term plan with the same vision.
Part of the long-term plan is a separated cycle lane proposal
for Dunedin one-way sections of State Highway 1.
Consultation on that proposal closed on December 6, with
further consultation to take place early this year and a
report with recommendations due to council in May.