Safety islands? Not quite.

Built-out pedestrian crossing / safety islands are an alternative to zebra crossings on busier roads.  But while they may make it somewhat safer for walkers, they cause a dangerous pinch point for cyclists.  More confident cyclists may have the courage to ‘take the lane’, but it is not a safe option particularly when cycling uphill and on a route like the one below (Adelaide Road, Berhampore) where you are likely to have a bus up your backside.

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What alternative?  A bike ‘bypass’ around the back as shown below (Lower Hutt)?

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Photo courtesey of Richard Stephens

CAW will be discussing this at the next Safe And Sustainable Transport Forum (SASTF), but NZTA may have to set national design guidelines / policy that local councils need to follow.

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