Dedicated cycle lanes get closer

Nationally-funded separated cycle lanes along Dunedin's one way system are now two steps closer as the project moves swiftly through the New Zealand Transport Agency machine.

The separated cycle lanes will run along both the north and south one way routes, between the Botanic Garden and Queens Gardens.

Cyclists will be allocated their own lanes on the right side of each route, between the footpath and traffic on their left.

They would be separated from traffic by physical barriers, including concrete bollards and planter boxes.

The Otago Daily Times reported in July several aspects needed to be agreed before the cycle lanes, in gestation since 2012, were built.

The NZTA confirmed yesterday that two of those facets had been approved. Firstly, NZTA Dunedin project manager Simon Underwood had delivered his detailed business case on time, and secondly, that business case had been ''endorsed'' by the agency.

The NZTA said it had resolved to:

 Incorporate high turnover short term parking for businesses, particularly those reliant on short stay kerbside parking and deliveries

• Incorporate medium term parking close to the hospital and museum.

Those decisions meant ''updated plans'' were now being prepared to show where the parking would be included.

Those plans were expected to be available for public comment at the end of this month.

After that consultation a funding application process would be ''worked through'' before ''detailed design'' could begin.

-craig.borley@odt.co.nz

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