The cost of a Dunedin trial of ''sharrows'' - symbols painted
on roads to tell motorists the roads are to be shared with
cyclists - will be carried by the city council.
The five-month trial, which includes monitoring of how the
sharrows are working, will begin next week, when contractors
start painting the sharrows - symbols of bicycles with two
chevrons above - on parts of George St and King Edward St.
Council transportation planning manager Sarah Connolly said
the sharrows - part of a national trial the New Zealand
Transport Agency (NZTA) will consider before making them
legal road markings - would cost the council $1684 to install
and $12,000 to monitor during the five-month trial.
Monitoring involves video recordings, counters, surveys of
road users and gathering feedback from businesses and
If the trial was not successful and the sharrows needed to be
removed, which she hoped would not be necessary, there would
be an additional cost of $9000.
All the money was coming from existing transportation
budgets, which are partly funded by the NZTA.
Councils applied to take part in the trial.
The sharrows would be painted in the lanes where vehicles
would have to drive over them, as per guidance from Auckland
Transport, which was also taking part in the trial, Ms
Auckland Transport had advised it was important vehicles
travelled over the sharrows so their intended meaning, that
the road was to be shared by motorists and cyclists, was
''If drivers are able to drive past or around the sharrow, I
don't think the intent of the marking rings true for drivers,
and the markings stray into indicating a safe place for
cyclists to ride, not that the road space is shared with