Mirror to be installed on cycleway corner

The Dunedin City Council has responded to concerns over the safety of a blind corner on the harbourside walk and cycleway by promising to install a mirror to increase visibility.

The council was asked by the Chalmers Community Board last month to investigate safety on a section of the shared pathway near Forsyth Barr Stadium, after board member Mel Aitken raised the issue.

Mrs Aitken said she was happy with the speed with which the council addressed her concerns and believed a mirror was a perfect solution.

''I think it's a really proactive move ... and it should prevent any further incidents or the likelihood of people getting run over or crashing into each other,'' she said.

She raised the concern about pedestrian and cyclist safety on the corner after receiving complaints from people who used the path and seeing many near-misses when cycling along the track herself.

If the council had chosen to do nothing there was a chance of someone being injured, she said.

Council transportation engineer Diana Munster said she carried out a site investigation last week and, as a result of that and discussing the issue with senior staff, it was decided installing a mirror was the best option.

The council had ordered the mirror and it was hoped it would be installed within the next month, she said.

The cost of the mirror and installation would be about $1000.


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