group of Dunedin businesses is the latest to take a stand
against cycleways in the city, getting together to oppose a
route through the harbourside industrial area.
Representatives from five businesses in Roberts St say a
proposal to run a cycleway along Wharf St will promote a
dangerous mix of cycling and industrial activity.
They say changes to an intersection resulting from the
proposal will make it more difficult to access their
businesses, which are already struggling in a tough economic
The criticism is the latest outcry in a series of negative
reactions from residential and business groups of the
The Dunedin City Council responded the proposals for the area
had come after consultation with representatives from
harbourside businesses, the Automobile Association, cycling
advocacy group Spokes, KiwiRail, police, the NZ Fire Service
and council staff.
But the businesses say they did not know about the
And despite communication from council staff recently, they
feel they were not being listened to.
The proposed stretch of cycleway would take the South Dunedin
cycle route through to the Jetty St overbridge.
The proposals for the area were put together after strong
opposition to plans to close access to Robert St from Wharf
St to accommodate the cycleway.
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, was one of four
routes on which the group sought feedback.
But the businesses said the restrictions on access would
still be a problem for them.
Asked why that was, when there were two other access roads
from Wharf St to the area, Southern Hospitality's Roger
Fewtrell said any added difficulty of access made it easier
for customers to use competitors' services.
Plato's Tony Broad said businesses chose their locations
because of access.
He said there was no complete plan for cycleways across the
board - instead the system seemed to be going ahead in ''an
ad hoc way''.
Cylinder Testing Services' Christine Young said the group was
''providing local jobs for local people, and trying to look
after the local economy''.
''What do we get? - Just s***.''
The businesses wanted the cycleway that already runs along
Kitchener and Birch Sts to be the preferred route. They said
Portsmouth Dr and Wharf St were not well used by cyclists,
particularly when compared with the thousands of vehicles
that used them.
Council senior transportation planner Lisa Clifford, who has
been communicating with Mrs Young, said consultation was
continuing and no decision had been made.
She said one business in the area, Dive Otago, and a real
estate agent for landowners, had been part of a consultation
Mrs Young said she had known nothing about the consultation.
Ms Clifford said the businesses' proposal for the Kitchener
St cycleway to remain was not possible, as there were too
many trucks parking on, and crossing, the cycle lane. The
Wharf St route was shorter.
''As much as cars want to go the short way, cyclists want to
go the short way, too.''
She said there would have been changes at the Roberts St
entrance without the cycleway, as it was not safe.
A report and recommendation will go to the infrastructure
services committee on July 24.
Mayor Dave Cull said he could not understand why the group
was going to the media while consultation was still under
Mrs Young said it was because the businesses felt they were
not being listened to.
A petition asking the council to return two-way access to one
end of Marlow St, which was reduced to create a ''quiet
street'' for cyclists, has attracted 460 signatures so far.
Organiser Trevor McStay said he planned to present the
petition to councillors at the infrastructure services