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A separated cycle lane is to be installed on the north
side of Musselburgh Rise through the Musselburgh shopping area,
as part of the South Dunedin cycle network.
The final design of the lane was decided last week, following
consultation with affected property owners. The lane will be
installed as part of the third construction stage of the
cycle network, in early to mid-2015.
The network is well under way. Construction of the $1.5
million first stage, including a separated cycle lane in
Portobello Rd, is expected to be completed by May.
Construction crews will then move on to the $1 million second
stage, which includes a separated cycle lane in Richardson
and Coughtrey Sts.
That stage is expected to be completed by the end of the
year, before work on the third stage begins and work
continues into early 2015.
Consultation on the fourth stage, which includes lanes on
main routes such as Forbury, Macandrew and Victoria Rds, is
expected to begin after Easter.
The whole network - which is to cost about $4.5 million, with
the New Zealand Transport Agency covering $3 million of that
cost and the Dunedin City Council paying $1.5 million - is
expected to be in place by July next year.
Because the council was installing the cycling network on to
existing infrastructure, the project had required a great
deal of consultation with those affected, council project
manager Lisa Clifford said.
A general public consultation early last year at the start of
the project included advertisements, public notices,
submissions, drop-in sessions and a public meeting.
A general concept plan was prepared and since then the
council had consulted directly with those affected by each
proposed cycle route as it worked through the network.
Letters had been sent to property owners and dropped to
houses in some cases, as the council considered each route in
More drop-in sessions had been held, as well as communication
by email and phone and visits to some individuals. The
consultation had led to some changes to routes as the project
Thousands of people had been contacted in the process, she
The feedback had been mixed. There had been some negative
comments, mainly around the loss of parking - some parks will
be lost at points where crossings are to be installed, roads
are too narrow, or paving is to be built out (separated cycle
lanes will not generally result in car park losses) - but
also much positive feedback.
''It's something new, it's change and change is hard for
everybody. With all of these plans, we have been particularly
conscious of the parking situation,'' Ms Clifford said.
Senior contracts engineer Chris Hasler said contractors
expected to finish the first stage of the network in about
three weeks' time.
A contractor was constructing a fence in Shore St to prevent
rocks rolling on to the lane, and some tidy-up work was being
completed. Trees would soon be planted in Portobello Rd,
along the median strip between the cycle lane and road.
Markings and signs would soon follow.
Markings had been painted on the road to stop any confusion
about which lane was for which direction.
He was aware people had been having concerns about vehicle
congestion since the cycle lane went in, but the intention
was partly to calm the traffic. Drivers would have to find
other routes if they were concerned, he said.
''This is about providing the space for every road user to
use the road.
''We're not saying cars don't matter. We're saying we need to
make the road more user friendly.''
Counters had been installed in several spots to monitor use
of the shared paths and cycle lanes before and after the