Cyclist feedback sought

The Dunedin City Council is seeking feedback on a planned $4.5 million extension of the city's cycling network through South Dunedin.

Since the council adopted a preferred strategic cycle network for Dunedin in 2011, the South Dunedin network has been refined so much the council is consulting the public on its new plans.

The new proposed network includes separated bicycle facilities, shared paths, on-road bicycle lanes and ''quiet streets'' where traffic movements may be restricted by lower speed limits and traffic calming measures. Five sections of the South Dunedin cycle network are planned for construction in 2013.

They are a 3m-wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians on Victoria and Tahuna Rds; a 4.5m-wide two-way separated bike facility along the southern side of Timaru St, to Portsmouth Dr; a 3m-wide shared path on Shore St, between Portsmouth Dr and Musselburgh Rise; widening the path at Portsmouth Dr and Wharf St between 2.5m and 3m and improving crossing points; and an exclusive off-road cycle path on Royal Cres, from Timaru St to Ravelston St.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is expected to contribute $3 million of the cost of the work, leaving ratepayers to cover the remaining $1.5 million.

The cycle network across South Dunedin could provide an almost continuous route from South Dunedin to the central city and is expected to eventually link to new cycle facilities in the central city and beyond.

Senior transportation planner Lisa Clifford said the council wanted to know if people felt the proposals were appropriate, and on the right streets.

People could fill in an online survey on the council's website, and a series of community consultation sessions would be held in South Dunedin on April 10 and 13.

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