Reminder to share the space

Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Brad Thompson, of Downer, prepares to paint sharrows on George St, Dunedin.

Sharrows indicate to motorists and cyclists the lane is to be shared, as well as the best place for cyclists to ride in the lane.

Downer staff will paint nearly 50 of the symbols on parts of George St and King Edward St this week, depending on the weather.

The Dunedin City Council is part of a five-month trial for the New Zealand Transport Agency, to test whether the markings should become legal road signs in New Zealand.

Keeping left

There's just the wee problem of the kerb protrusions. Even when riding the same speed as the car traffic, I've had drivers make a point of shutting me out where the road narrows.

At last!

Good to see that we are finally following a proven and well-implemented signage system.  These are commonly used across both Europe and USA to remind all road users that it's a shared space, and to expect that there will be different types of vehicles there.

I do hope that the type of paint used will be a non-slippery one, rather than high-gloss. Just using the paint 'currently in the truck' would be counter-productive and show a lack of forethought.

Left

Just keep left. The roads are all left hand so it should be habitual to sit on the left of a lane, pedestrian or otherwise.   

More confusion

So, unofficial road markings that don't clearly indicate the lanes are shared.  I'm running for mayor next round, how hard can it be?  Either that or I'm starting my own road marking company.

Another gripe with road markings is there seems to be absolutely no attempt to remove old markings where road layouts  are changed. Just slap some more lines down, everyone will work out what set to use...

Slippery when wet, or even slightly damp

Great! Nice big white painted slippery zones. Bureaucrats with common sense is an oxymoron.   

So tell me...

Where is the pretty picture to tell cyclists that there are cars in the lane as well? Oh, and a picture for trucks? And one for buses?

This Council has gone cycle mad. It has gone beyond a joke.

Bad idea

OK, so now we have a road marking that looks almost exactly like the markings that indicate a cycle lane. Not only that, with the lane width of cycle and other lanes is approaching the same size, how do we tell the difference?

To any normal person that marking indicates a one way cycle lane.

Not only is there the confusion factor but now more swathes of white paint to dodge while riding my motorbike in the rain

 

So to clarify...

These road markings are not currently part of the national road code?  Does that not make them totally meaningless, making the council expenditure on this once again totally pointless and wasteful?

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