No change despite fears over cyclists merging

NZ Transport Agency project manager Simon Underwood said he continued to receive comments about the area by the gardens. Photo: Gregor Richardson
NZ Transport Agency project manager Simon Underwood said he continued to receive comments about the area by the gardens. Photo: Gregor Richardson

The end of the Dunedin one-way cycleway by the Dunedin Botanic Garden that has attracted criticism over its safety looks set to stay as it is for the time being.

The cycleway ends near the intersection of Great King St and Pine Hill Rd/State Highway 1, where it descends from the Northern Motorway.

Cyclists have to merge with traffic to cross State Highway 1 into Northeast Valley.

NZ Transport Agency project manager Simon Underwood said he continued to receive comments about the area.

''I acknowledge that.''

At the moment, NZTA's approach was to continue with ''a mirror image of what was there before''.

''Whether there's a better answer I don't know yet.

''I don't know if we've exhausted all our options, but we've looked at it thoroughly in the past, and we keep coming back.

''What we've got is still workable.''

Whatever happened, cyclists still had to cross the southbound lane of State Highway 1.

NZTA also had to make sure cyclists could turn left towards Pine Hill.

''How we get cyclists through the stop sign to cross the southbound flow to Northeast Valley, I guess we keep coming back to what pre-existed, how cyclists did it beforehand.

''We'll keep looking at it; if there's a better answer we'll pursue it.''

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