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This part of the CNG keeps the industry up to date with cycle design trials that are currently underway, or have been completed in recent years, and also what cycling-related rules are being reviewed and when. 


A number of trials are presented here to support the design guidance, these include NZ Transport Agency gazetted trials and trials undertaken by other parties.

  • Narrow separators on cycle lanes

    A trial of an on-road raised bicycle lane separator was undertaken in Christchurch (as part of a wider study for VicRoads). Separators were placed in two locations where motorists were commonly encroaching into exclusive bicycle lanes. Road user behaviour was observed before and after installation, and qualitative feedback was also sought from site users. The results show a significant effect on motor vehicle encroachments following installation, particularly when separators were supplemented by vertical posts. Very positive feedback was also received from existing cyclists. Some recommendations for best practice guidance on the most appropriate treatment locations and layouts are also suggested.

    The full paper outlining the research findings is available on the RCA Forum website(external link).

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  • Shared path signage

    Auckland Transport and Christchurch City Council are currently pursuing changes to the signage regulations for shared paths in locations where multiple exclusive cycle paths and footpaths merge to form short sections of shared path.  These locations, which would be more appropriately thought of as ‘areas’ rather than ‘paths’ due to their complexity, exist because it would not be suitable to provide segregated facilities where multiple directions of travel are possible.  The current signage regulations result in such locations being cluttered with regulatory signs; it is assumed that this is neither effective in portraying the signs’ intended messages, nor necessary from a safety perspective, nor appropriate from an urban design perspective.

    A trial has been gazetted(external link) to evaluate whether the use of pavement markings only, instead of signs and markings currently required by legislation.

    The trial is now complete and the results can be read here:
    Trial: Auckland Transport and Christchurch City Council – Shared path signage [PDF, 3.2 MB]

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Rules programme

Cycling-related rules contained in the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 and the Traffic Control Devices Rule are subject to amendments over time. Following on from recommendations in the Cycling Safety Panel report of late 2014, the NZ Transport Agency developed it’s cycling safety action plan ‘Making Cycling Safer and More Attractive’. This commits to investigation of many rules changes, to be followed by the formal legislation change process, where appropriate. A 3-4 year programme of cycling rules work has been developed, which is split into three packages.

The first package includes minor changes (such allowing vehicles to pass over a flush median while overtaking people cycling, and bicycle lights performance) and will approve the Sharrow road marking. These changes are expected to be passed in late 2016.

The second package will look into intersection-related rules affecting cyclists and rules related to cycling on footpaths. These will be investigated in 2016, with recommendations progressed in 2017.

The third package considers minimum overtaking gaps and safer vehicle technologies (related to heavy vehicles and electric bicycles). Investigation of the options for changes in these areas will take place in the 2016/17, and recommendations progressed in 2017/18.

Some rules-related issues will be addressed through non-regulatory solutions (such as clarification in the road code).