Labourers Tom McKinlay (left) and Sam Newton work on
setting up boxing for asphalt on the final 50m stretch of
the widened Portsmouth Dr cycleway-walkway. Photo by Brenda
Cycle and pedestrian routes through the southern city are
opening up, as work progresses on phase one of the South
Dunedin cycleway-walkway network.
Work started in mid-November on four connecting sections of
the network. Contractor Fulton Hogan is on track to construct
about 3.5km of 3m-wide pathways in the area by April. The
$1.7 million project is phase one of the $4.5 million South
Dunedin strategic cycle network.
The first part of phase one has involved widening the
existing pathway in Portsmouth Dr - scheduled for completion
this week - and building new pathways in Shore St and Royal
Cres. Work is to start next week on cycleway-walkway paths in
Portobello Rd (between Portsmouth Dr and Andersons Bay Rd),
and in Victoria Rd.
Dunedin City Council senior contract engineer Chris Hasler
said the Shore St section of the cycleway-walkway, which is
being built on the cliff side of the road, involved extra
safety work. Because debris was occasionally washed down the
cliff by heavy rain, ''rock-catching'' fences would be built
to protect cyclists and pedestrians, Mr Hasler said.
''The Shore St section of the network will remain closed
until those fences are in place.''
The pathway in Shore St would connect directly with the
cycleway-walkway in Portobello Rd, which would be constructed
within the existing carriageway, he said.
''There are now low volumes of traffic along that part of the
carriageway, so we are able to make use of that space for the
The pathway was an ideal use for a section of road that was
not required for vehicles and would result in a useful
section of the network in an area close to schools, he said.
DCC senior transportation planner Lisa Clifford said it was
important that the shared pathways linked up as much as
possible with other parts of the network.
''It is important that they [the pathways] connect with
something existing - we want to create good links across
South Dunedin,'' Ms Clifford said.
Part two of the South Dunedin cycle network, which would
involve building north-south and east-west links in the area,
along with school links via a mix of separated bike
facilities and ''quiet streets'' routes, would go out for
tender in late April.
The ultimate goal of the network would be to provide an
''interlocking grid'' of safe routes for cyclists and
pedestrians right through South Dunedin and from St Clair
into the central city, Ms Clifford said.
''It's great to see it all starting to take shape,'' she
Fulton Hogan paving department manager Scott Payne said the
work had progressed well and there had been good feedback
from the many cyclists and pedestrians using the Portsmouth
''It's very busy out here - this pathway is going to get a
lot of use.''