This is the second part of the Council’s response to Lesley’s post.
Later this year Council will consider the next stage of the cities bus priority network; this could see the introduction of shared bus/cycle lanes on Kent and Cambridge Terraces, Taranaki Street and southbound on Adelaide Road.
Officers are working closely with NZTA to secure good cycling provision though the Basin Reserve and tunnel duplication projects.
Officers have developed a series of improvements to traffic signals on routes into and out of the city, these improvements include advanced cycle stop boxes and where possible feeder lanes to these stop boxes. We will roll these out route by route or take advantage of other works at an intersection.
We have developed a storm water sump detail that is friendlier to cyclists as the grates are not parallel with the kerb; these will be installed on a case by case basis, and we have a list of sumps to progressively work through but would like cyclists to report particularly bad cases.
In coming months an improvement will be made to the exit to Spotlight, to reduce the number of crashes involving cyclists. This work has cost approximately $250,000.
As winter approaches and daylight savings ends we will be out again working with the NZ Police to remind cyclists about the importance of being seen at night.
We will continue to fund cycle training and support campaigns that highlight the needs of all road users.
There is very limited funding for the installation of new cycle stands and often limited space to install stands on footpaths, however we do consider all requests on a case by case basis. The project currently underway to upgrade lower Cuba Street will see the introduction of a number of new cycle stands.