Safety concerns surround underpass

Dunedin City Council staff are investigating possible solutions after near misses and collisions between cyclists and pedestrians using a narrow underpass near Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The issue was raised at this week's council meeting by Cr Paul Hudson, who said he was aware of at least one accident in the area and other near-misses.

It was earlier raised at the last meeting of the Chalmers Community Board, when board member Mel Aitken - also a Dunedin police senior sergeant - said she had received a complaint about pedestrians being hit.

Cr Noone, speaking at this week's council meeting, said the issue was being investigated by council staff, and a report on possible solutions would be presented later this month.

Both cyclists and pedestrians using the West Harbour cycleway had to negotiate the narrow underpass, which ran underneath a bridge - part of State Highway 88 - beside the Water of Leith and near the stadium.

Limited visibility was a problem as cyclists rounded the corner at either end of the underpass, and painted white lines, warning signs or even more expensive mirrors were all mentioned by Crs Noone and Hudson this week as possible solutions.

Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema was preparing the report that would be presented to the next Chalmers Community Board meeting, on April 17.

- chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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