A group formed following strong opposition to plans to close
access to a street in Dunedin's industrial wharf area to
accommodate a cycleway has come up with some other options.
A preferred option involving taking the cycleway along Wharf
St and making some layout changes at the Wharf St/Roberts St
intersection rather than closing it off, as initially
proposed, is one of four alternative routes the group is
seeking feedback on.
The proposal to close the intersection completely drew strong
opposition from businesses and other users of the industrial
wharf area when it was first suggested by the council last
year as part of the first stage of the South Dunedin cycle
The group that identified alternatives included
representatives from harbourside businesses, the Automobile
Association (AA), cycling advocacy group Spokes, KiwiRail,
police, the NZ Fire Service and council staff.
It has identified four options, but expressed a preference
for a shared cycle/pedestrian path connecting the Harbour
Molars path to Wharf St via part of Kitchener St, to continue
along the east side of Wharf St to the point, under the
overbridge, where the cycle lane crosses to the west side.
That was the most direct commuter cycling route and followed
the path most cyclists now took, representatives of the group
That option also included improvements at the intersection of
Roberts and Wharf Sts, which would mean a left-turn exit and
right-turn entry only to Roberts St.
AA Otago district councillor Hudson Biggs said the AA
supported the preferred option because it preserved road
access, while Spokes Dunedin chairman Dr Robert Thompson said
the preferred option presented a ''real safety solution''
that should work for everyone.
Consultation on the options is through the Dunedin City
Council and closes on July 4.