Macandrew Bay School principal Bernadette Newlands says the
cycle/walkway at Macandrew Bay has improved safety for
families dropping off and picking up children at the
school, as well as benefiting the wider community, and the
same work should be done in the other peninsula communities
before the Vauxhall-Glenfalloch end of the road is
undertaking. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
There was clear evidence of the division in opinion on
the order of road-widening work on Otago Peninsula as Dunedin
city councillors began hearing from users of the road
Dunedin residents were asked in this year's consultation on
the council's annual plan what order they preferred the work
to be done in, after members of the community repeatedly
raised the matter with the council.
About 600 people wrote in expressing their opinions and
several turned up yesterday to air their views.
The submissions revealed peninsula communities were keen to
achieve safe interconnectedness for themselves and their
children, while recreational users, tourism interests and
commuters saw the priority as the area with the greatest
volume of users - Vauxhall to Glenfalloch section.
Macandrew Bay School principal Bernadette Newlands, peninsula
resident Steve Clearwater and chairman of the Broad Bay
School board of trustees Sean Hogan turned up yesterday to
persuade councillors to vote for the former, while cyclists
Dr Gerrard Liddell, Harington Point Rd resident David
Fenwick, a commuter into Dunedin by cycle, and Cove resident
Leigh Morris promoted the latter.
Mrs Newlands said the cycle/walkway at Macandrew Bay had made
a big difference for families getting their children more
safely to school and had provided other benefits, such as
residents walking for fitness, and so it was vital the other
peninsula centres, Broad Bay and Portobello, got their
sections done as soon as possible, which meant the council
should stick with the current planned sequence for works.
Mr Clearwater said the Harington Point Rd and Portobello to
Broad Bay sections were the most dangerous and were next to
be done. People had anticipated this
order for years, and to deviate from the plan now, meaning
communities could wait for another eight or more years, was
''I don't know where this [questioning of the order] has even
His suggestion that the mayor, a cyclist who lives on that
section, would have something to gain from voting for the
Vauxhall-Glenfalloch section to be done first, was shut down
firmly by the mayor, who said Mr Clearwater could not presume
to know which way he would vote.
Mr Hogan said widening would increase safe access to both the
school and the foreshore in Broad Bay, and give new
opportunities for physical education. The existing plan
should apply. Any other timing option was sending ''all the
wrong messages about the importance of communities''.
Mr Hogan was joined by Broad Bay School principal John
Goulstone and Portobello School trustee Simon Rhodes as he
made his submission.
Mr Fenwick said as a commuter three or four times a week, he
avoided the Vauxhall-Glenfalloch section on the homeward ride
as it was too busy, and by far the most dangerous section
along the whole road.
Mr Morris agreed, saying he frequently witnessed crashes or
near misses with cyclists and vehicles.
Robert Thompson, chairman of cycle advocacy group Spokes,
said Spokes' committee and membership recognised the ordering
choice was not easy, and the ideal solution would be to bring
the overall completion date forward several years.
That position is supported by many of the submissions.
If that was not possible, Spokes supported completing the
Vauxhall-Glenfalloch section first because it would make the
most used and most dangerous section safer, open the
peninsula to all, and attract new tourists to go there.
More members of peninsula communities and more cyclists will
make verbal submissions today and tomorrow to the council,
which will decide on the order of the works next week.