The Victoria Rd section of the $4.5 million South Dunedin
cycle network may be redesigned, in the wake of strong
community concern about its safety.
The Dunedin City Council said yesterday while ''option one''
- a 3m-wide shared walk/cycle path - was still in the mix,
residents' fears for the safety of the plan meant other
options were being considered.
''It's certainly not off the table,'' transportation
operations group manager Gene Ollerenshaw said yesterday.
''The question of how far on the table it is, is still to be
''We will look at that with all the other options.''
Some Victoria Rd residents have complained the council plan
to install a shared walk/cycle path on the sea-side footpath
of Victoria Rd was rushed and potentially dangerous.
In the original South Dunedin cycle network plan, which the
council consulted on in 2012, the cycle lane to St Clair was
to be on a gravel path along the dunes between Victoria Rd
and the beach.
However, residents were informed by a letter drop in May the
route had to be changed because of concerns about the
structural integrity of the dunes, and sand on the path.
Two alternative options were proposed; either the shared
walk/cycle path to the Esplanade, removing 38 car parks, or
do nothing and end the cycle network at Kennedy St.
A council drop-in session was held, then a meeting organised
by residents, at which concern was raised about the speed of
the consultation process, and the safety of the plan.
In its latest move, the council has sent a letter to
residents, which said the original intention was for staff to
report the results of the Victoria Rd consultation to a
council meeting on June 23.
But the letter, signed by transportation planning manager
Sarah Connolly, said in acknowledgement of ''strong
interest'', the council had decided to investigate further
options and ''reconsult'' with the community next month.
''As a consequence, staff now intend to report outcomes of
consultation to the infrastructure services committee when it
meets in early September.''
Mr Ollerenshaw said staff were ''pulling together all the
feedback'' received from community consultation.
They would ''regroup'', and develop a response.
Possibilities included a combination of a ''recreational''
route, alongside alternative measures such as lower speed
The specifics of the new round of consultation had yet to be
developed, but Mr Ollerenshaw said it would be robust.
Resident Andrew McPherson, who wrote a submission on the
issue, said the decision to consult further was a positive
''It's good they are listening to residents' concerns.''
But Mr McPherson could not agree with any option that
included a walk/cycle path he said was ''dangerous''.
Any traffic-calming measures would be welcomed, but he called
on the council to reconsider its thinking on ''cycling above
and beyond anything else'' at a district plan level.
Rene Lammers, the chairman of a recent residents' meeting to
oppose option one, said he also could not support any plan
with a shared walk/cycle path.
''I see this move as them [the council] at least listening to
people,'' he said.
However he was not sure the move was positive, and still had
concerns about the health and safety aspects of the plan.