Claim one-way move affecting hundreds

Trevor McStay in Marlow St yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Trevor McStay in Marlow St yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Marion McLean.
Marion McLean.

Making a South Dunedin street one-way is inconveniencing hundreds of motorists daily for the safety of a sole cyclist, Marlow St resident Trevor McStay says.

Marlow St used to be a ''free-flowing'' two-way roadway before it was made a one-way street after construction of a new cycleway in Royal Cres started, Mr McStay said.

The street ''block'' had made the journey from central Dunedin longer and inconvenienced many parents of pupils travelling home from nearby schools, he said.

The consultation by the Dunedin City Council on the cycleway construction was inadequate, he said.

If he had known about the consultation process, he would have supported the cycleway but opposed the decision to block the street, he said.

The council had been ''underhanded'' with its lack of consultation and council staff should have been proactive and sought feedback by knocking on residents' doors, Mr McStay said.

The change to a one-way street had inconvenienced hundreds of motorists for the safety of the one cyclist he had seen using the cycleway, he said.

''About 400 motorists could be using that roadway a day and they are being inconvenienced by one cyclist.''

Marlow St resident Marion McLean, who lives nearer the cycleway than Mr McStay, said in 15 minutes yesterday she saw three motorists ignore the no-entry sign and travel the wrong way down the one-way street.

The change had made her return trip from central Dunedin longer and although she received a letter about the change, there could have been more consultation, she said.

She had not seen any cyclists using the cycleway.

Council senior transportation planner Lisa Clifford said a council consultant deemed Marlow St, west of Royal Cres, a ''quiet street'' and recommended it be blocked to discourage ''cut-through traffic'' to make it safer for cyclists.

''Traffic turning into a road is more of a safety hazard than traffic coming out.''

Not all Marlow St residents had been contacted during the consultation process, only the ''directly affected'' residents nearer the cycleway.

The consultation had been well publicised and residents had had many chances to make a submission on the cycleway.

The cycleway would be used more once it was completed.

''You have to build it before they come.''

shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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