Barnes Dance crossings to help cyclists

Work has started on a Barnes Dance at the Cumberland and Albany Sts intersection, one of two on Albany St. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Work has started on a Barnes Dance at the Cumberland and Albany Sts intersection, one of two on Albany St. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Work is under way on two Barnes Dance pedestrian crossings on Dunedin’s one-way system.

The NZ Transport Agency said contractor Fulton Hogan had recently started the kerb work at the Cumberland St-Albany St intersection.

Senior project manager Simon Underwood said a second Barnes Dance being installed ‘‘in coming days’’ at the Great King St-Albany St intersection signalled the completion of the State Highway 1 cycleway.

All the work on both intersections should be completed in about three weeks.

Barnes Dance crossings allow pedestrians to cross the road in all directions at once, including diagonally, across intersections.

The change to Barnes Dance intersections was driven by a desire to increase the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, Mr Underwood said.

At the Great King St-Albany St intersection, a display image of a bicycle would show cyclists emerging from Great King St (the Captain Cook corner) that they could also use the Barnes Dance to cross diagonally to the northbound cycle lane to continue along Great King St, he said.

‘‘At Cumberland St-Albany St, the change will provide better access for cyclists travelling south on the cycleway, as the south-bound lane switches from the left-hand side of the highway to the right. At present, cyclists heading south have to cross at the pedestrian signals between the Link building and the Museum Reserve,’’ Mr Underwood said.

The Dunedin City Council has also installed eight Barnes Dance crossings in the past 18 months.

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How does mixing cyclists and pedestrians "increase the safety" of pedestrians?

 

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