Opposition to the St Clair leg of the $4.5 million South
Dunedin cycle network was anything but united last night.
A meeting to ''put the Dunedin City Council on the right
path'' heard strong opposition to a shared cycle/walkway on
Victoria Rd, but a wide variety of views on what should
Residents originally met mid-last week, with concerns about a
plan that would see the loss of 38 car parks near St Clair
businesses due to a cycle/walkway that was described last
night as ''absolutely horrific''.
But organisers of last night's meeting found little support
for part of their petition, which called for an alternative
cycle track along nearby sand dunes.
There was clear support for safe cycleways, as well as
arguments the loss of parking might not be such a bad thing.
And organisers, and many in the 40-strong crowd, were
placated by city councillors who turned up and told them any
decision was some way off.
Rene Lammers ran the meeting, which followed a recent council
letter drop in the area that put the option forward.
Some residents were alarmed by the letter, which called for
responses by Friday this week and said a final decision would
be made in June.
Mr Lammers introduced a petition opposing the idea and
supporting a track along the sand dunes.
However, resident Gabby Morris disagreed with that plan. She
said she wanted to use cycles to commute, and wanted ''the
most efficient track'' for that purpose.
Others called for measures to slow traffic so roads could be
shared, while cycle advocacy group Spokes Dunedin spokesman
Dr Robert Thompson said there were ''a lot of people who
would like to ride but don't feel safe''.
Providing an area away from traffic would allow that.
Making Victoria Rd one-way was another suggestion.
But councillors at the meeting, including Richard Thomson and
Andrew Whiley, told the meeting no decision would be made
''I would doubt very much anything would be pushed through at
the next meeting,'' Cr Thomson said.
Mr Lammers said after the meeting he still thought the option
was ''ludicrous and dangerous''.
But he accepted the councillors' reading of the situation,
and a revised version of the petition, merely opposing the