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.


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


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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