Up to $4.5 million may be spent on a new cycle system in
The Dunedin City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency
have developed a third option for a separated cycle lane
along the city's two one-way streets which form part of State
If the council endorses further development of the options,
each will be considered as business cases and one could then
The council's infrastructure services committee will decide
on Tuesday whether to push ahead with the project, enabling
the NZTA to fund analysis of each option.
NZTA projects team manager Simon Underwood said analysis
would cost between $80,000 and $100,000.
Construction of a new cycle system would cost
$3.5million-$4.5million, he said.
Final costs and how they would be shared between the NZTA and
DCC would be known later.
''Until now, we've looked at the functionality of separated
cycle-lane options and sought feedback,'' Mr Underwood said.
''The business case analysis goes into a lot more detail
about landscaping and streetscaping, core engineering such as
pavement construction, traffic operations and a whole lot of
The main project development work will be led by the NZTA and
concurrently the DCC will develop a parking management
It was estimated alternative parking would cost the council
Mr Underwood said the business case for each option could be
reported to the council's infrastructure services committee
in about 12 months.
Construction of an approved option could start mid to late
2015 ''at the earliest'', Mr Underwood said.
He did not know yet how long construction would take, but
said it would be staged and designed to minimise traffic
The council and NZTA received more than 2000 submissions, as
well as hundreds of survey responses, on proposals to improve
the cycle network.
They developed the third option to better combine many of the
submitters' wants and needs.
Cyclist fatalities and serious crashes on SH1 in central
Dunedin sparked a widespread public call for improvement,
prompting the council and NZTA to investigate options.
There was overwhelming support for a separate cycle lane.