The community working groups came up with a short list of options for each route and these went out to the public for feedback from 4-17 September 2017. We considered all the feedback received on all of the options and summarised this for each route.
Safety for people on bikes is one of the biggest considerations. The NZ Transport Agency criteria specify that bike lanes must be appropriate for the type of street.
A main road with a lot of traffic and higher vehicle speeds requires a greater level of protection for people on bikes than on a quieter street. On busy roads, we have opted for protected kerbside bike lanes, with raised buffer zones that will provide kerbs to park against, step out onto, and place rubbish and recycling bins.
On quieter streets with less traffic and slower speeds, we have opted for simpler solutions such as painted bike lanes between parked cars and traffic, or sharrow road markings where bikes and cars can more easily share the road.
We are designing for the future and our aim is to provide another convenient transport option in the city. The streets we’re putting forward will go a long way to creating a connected network in the eastern suburbs, starting with Evans Bay, Kilbirnie and a route through to Newtown.
The NZ Transport Agency uses the AustRoads road engineering guidelines for how cycleways should be developed. These emphasise the importance of establishing a network of connected cycle routes first and foremost, and building to a high standard from the outset to encourage more people to cycle.
We also have to ensure all of the bike lane designs on these routes will connect easily from street to street to provide a seamless network as far as possible. Other considerations included the extra cost of putting in new kerbs and stormwater systems compared to retaining existing kerbs.