Dunedin residents are being asked for their views on two preferred long-term options for improving the safety of Dunedin’s one-way sections of State Highway 1.
The NZ Transport Agency (Transport Agency) has been working with the Dunedin City Council (DCC) to improve cycle safety on State Highway 1 between the Dunedin Botanic Garden and Queens Gardens.
Since 2003, there have been 13 crashes on the State Highway 1 one-way streets in the central city that resulted in serious injury to cyclists, including three fatal crashes. There was also a cyclist fatality in 1998.
There have already been some short-term safety improvements and the focus has now shifted to long-term cycle safety as an expanded cycle network is developed for the city.
Public consultation on the two preferred options begins today and ends at 5pm on Friday, 6 December.
Under both options, the cycle lane would be shifted to the right-hand side of the road and physically separate cyclists from traffic.
For the first option, the separated cycle lane would continue to run along both of the one-way routes, with cyclists travelling in the same direction as the traffic. Option two involves a wider separated cycle lane. It would run along Cumberland Street (linked in the vicinity of the S bends by Emily Siedeberg Place), with cyclists able to travel in both directions.
The proposal is at a very early stage and if it goes ahead it could be 2-4 years before construction starts. The estimated cost for the project is $3.5 million to $4.5 million. Feedback from the community on the two options will be used to develop one preferred option for a separated cycle lane that is expected to be considered by the Council early next year.
Transport Agency Projects Team Manager Simon Underwood says a separated cycle lane would support the Safe System approach which underpins the road safety work of both the Transport Agency and the DCC. This approach recognises road users do make mistakes and whether injuries result is influenced by the nature of the collision or impact.
“This is highly relevant to cycle lanes where cyclists have to interact with other road users in many ways. Even in collisions with relatively low vehicle speeds, there is still a risk of severe injury. The aim of the separated cycle lanes is to reduce crash risk by reducing the extent to which cyclists and general traffic interact.”
Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says, “This proposal is all about safety. Concern about cyclist safety is what led the Council to ask for options for the central city and now we want to know which option people prefer.”
Other possible ‘north-south’ cycle routes were considered, but the two preferred options out for consultation are the only feasible routes.
DCC Transportation Planning Manager Sarah Connolly says both options will have an impact on parking spaces on the street, with 391 spaces affected under option one and 185 under option two. Feedback is also being sought on ways to address parking provision for the area, should the proposal go ahead. Options include moving affected parking meters, P5s and other time restricted parking to adjacent streets where practical and promoting the use of vacant parks in existing car parking areas and buildings.
The DCC could also consider providing extra angle parking in Union, St David, Dundas, Howe and Duke Streets, and providing more commercial parking, such as a new parking building.
To access an online survey form or for more information on the separated cycle lane options, visit www.nzta.govt.nz/dunedincyclesafe(external link), or email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, ring 03 477 4000 for an information pack, or post your comments to:
Cycle Lane Feedback
C/o NZ Transport Agency
PO Box 5245
People are also welcome to come along to the following drop-in sessions:
12 noon – 2pm, Wednesday 20 November, The Link (University of Otago)
For more information please contact:
Regional Communications Advisor
NZ Transport Agency
T: 03 951 3005
M: 021 954 928