Consultation on plans for the proposed 2008/2009 Road Safety and Cycling Improvement Projects These projects have been developed to meet the Dunedin City Council Transportation Strategy objectives to address road safety issues and expand the cycling network to increase sustainable transport options for the community. Concept plans have been developed for the projects, with the intention for the sites to be upgraded as part of the 2008/2009 Road Safety and Cycling Improvement Programmes: • Project C1: North Road / Bank Street / Opoho Road Intersection Upgrade and Cycling Improvements • Project C2: Wharf Street Intersection and Cycling/Walking Facilities Upgrade • Project SD1: King Edward Street / Macandrew Road Intersection Upgrade and Cycling Improvements As part of the development of the final designs for these projects, the public are invited to submit comments in writing regarding the proposed changes by 5.00 pm , Thursday 31 July 2008: By Post: Teresa Matassa, Transportation Operations, Dunedin City Council, PO Box 5045, Dunedin By Email: email@example.com Copies of the proposed plans for these sites are provided below, and this information is also available through the Dunedin City Council Customer Services Agency, phone 477 4000. Submissions will be collated at the end of the consultation period and all submitters will be advised in writing of the outcome of their comments at that time. If further discussion is warranted, submitters will be contacted directly to find a resolution Project C1: North Road / Bank Street / Opoho Road Intersection Upgrade and Cycling Improvements Existing Deficiencies There are several improvements that can be made to the North Road / Opoho Road / Bank Street / Great King Street signalised intersection which will improve the safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by providing separate lanes for left turning, straight through and right turning traffic. Currently there are shared turning and straight through traffic lanes on the Bank Street and Opoho Road approaches to this intersection, which makes it difficult for drivers to predict the intention of approaching vehicles, and restricts the visibility of approaching traffic for motorists waiting to turn right, issues which are reflected in the crashes at this intersection. North Road, Opoho Road, Bank Street and George Street were all designated as cycling routes in the Dunedin Cycling Strategy adopted by the Council in 2003. The cycle lanes along North Road still need to be completed through the busy Gardens shopping area where cyclists are at particular risk from the people trying to manoeuvre into / out of short-term carparks, and there is demand for these cycle facilities to continue along Bank Street/George Street to provide a safer and more attractive route for cyclists travelling towards the centre of the city. There is also demand for cycle facilities along Opoho Road to provide a safe route for cyclists through the busy section past the shopping centre and Botanic Gardens. Proposed Solutions There are many competing demands for space through this busy activity area, and the proposed solutions aim to provide a balance to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and motorists: • North Road, between Bank Street / Opoho Road traffic lights and Chacombe Street: - To provide extra space to install a continuous cycle lane for cyclists travelling north towards Normanby, it is proposed to trim back the footpath and kerb alongside Westpac Bank by 0.5 metres, and remove one carpark on the opposite side of North Road just past the Gladstone Road intersection. - For cyclists travelling south towards the city, cyclists will still be merging with traffic on the approach to the traffic signals but an ‘Advanced Cycle Stop Box’ will be provided to create a safe place for cyclists to wait at the front of the traffic lanes. - To accommodate the loss of the ‘P30’ carpark on North Road, it is proposed to extend the ‘P30’ carparks along Gladstone Road by one space. Further changes can be made to the time restrictions for carparks along Gladstone Road and North Road if needed to accommodate all the different activities around this area. • Opoho Road, between North Road/ Great King Street traffic lights and Knox Street: - The layout of the traffic lanes on the Opoho Road approach to the traffic signals will be upgraded to create separate right-turn, straight and left-turn traffic lanes, providing for safety improvements for all road users. There will be a loss of two carparks near the Botanic Gardens entrance to provide the extra space needed. - Cycle facilities will be installed with a similar layout to the North Road approach to the traffic signals, with ‘Advanced Cycle Stop Boxes’ provided in front of the straight through and left– turn traffic lanes to create a safe place for cyclists to wait. - For cyclists travelling onto Opoho Road, due to the space constraints the cycle lane will be merged with the bus stop for approximately 20 metres just past the traffic signals. The bus stop is being shifted slightly to accommodate the cycle lane, with the loss of one carpark. The Book Bus stop will also be shifted towards the carpark entrance by approximately 5 metres. - The School Bus Stop outside the school pool is also being shifted closer to the carpark exit to accommodate the new cycle lanes. This will result in the loss of one carpark. - As there are currently a lot of unrestricted parking spaces along this section of Opoho Road, time restrictions can also be introduced if needed to better accommodate all the adjacent activities. • Bank Street / George Street, between the North Road/ Great King Street traffic signals and the Duke Street traffic signals: - The layout of the traffic lanes on the Bank Street approach to the traffic signals will be upgraded to create separate right turn, straight and left turn traffic lanes, providing for safety improvements for all road users. The left-turning traffic lane will be extended to accommodate the large volume traffic turning left onto North Road, with three car parks removed to accommodate these changes. - Cyclists approaching the traffic signals will be required to merge with traffic as per the North Road and Opoho Road layout, with ‘Advanced Cycle Stop Boxes’ provided in front of the straight through and left-turn traffic lanes. - As there are currently a lot of unrestricted parking spaces along this section of Bank Street, time restrictions can also be introduced / changed if needed to better accommodate all the adjacent activities. - As part of this project, cycle lanes will be installed up to the George Street / Duke Street traffic lights where the cycle lane will merge into the existing traffic lanes on the approach to the traffic signals. - It is intended to continue to extend the cycle lanes along George Street in the following year, continuing through the Duke Street intersection along to the Frederick / Pitt Street intersection, where the 30 km/hr speed zone commences. Project C2: Wharf Street Intersection and Cycling/Walking Facilities Upgrade Option 1 and 1A: Priority for pedestrians/cyclists across the Roberts Street and Kitchener Street intersection - Upgrade of the Wharf Street shared path and installation of on-road cycle lanes - Upgrade of the Roberts Street and Kitchener Street intersections to give priority to pedestrians/cyclists over traffic using these side roads. Option 1B for Wharf Street /Roberts Street intersection only: - Same as for options 1 and 1A, except for an additional change to the Roberts Street intersection making Roberts Street ‘NO ENTRY’ to traffic coming from Wharf Street Option 2 and 2A: Priority for traffic using the Roberts Street and Kitchener Street over pedestrians and cyclists crossing from the shared path: - Upgrade of the Wharf Street shared path and installation of on-road cycle lanes - Upgrade of the Roberts Street and Kitchener Street intersections to give priority to traffic using these side roads over pedestrians/cyclists crossing from the shared path. Option 2B for Wharf Street /Roberts Street intersection only: - Same as for options 2 and 2A, except for an additional change to the Roberts Street intersection making Roberts Street ‘NO ENTRY’ to traffic coming from Wharf Street As there are a number of options for the Wharf Street project, Dunedin City Council staff have arranged a meeting to discuss the plans and provide more information to assist you to provide feedback on the project: Date: Wednesday 16th July 2008 Time: 5.15 – 6.30pm Venue: Clifford Skeggs Gallery, Council Chambers, The Octagon (up the stairs next to the Visitor Centre or Hungry Frenchman Restaurant and it’s the first room on the left after you enter the building) This meeting is intended as an information session on the proposed plans for Wharf Street, and formal submissions will still need to be made in writing with the outcome decided at the end of the consultation period. Existing Deficiencies The shared walking / cycling path along Wharf Street is an important community asset, with the route providing a critical link for people travelling to work and study in the central and north Dunedin areas, and for those enjoying a walk/ride around the harbour. Dunedin City Council is aware of a number of issues currently causing difficulty for people using the path including: - Conflict on the existing shared path between different users. The narrow width of the path and the lack of on-road facilities for faster cyclists have been identified as some of the main issues contributing to this conflict. - Conflict for pedestrians/cyclists trying to cross side-roads intersecting the path/Wharf Street, such as Kitchener Street and Roberts Street. - Difficulty crossing Portsmouth Drive and Wharf Street to get onto or off the path at peak times, particularly at Shore Street and under the Jetty Street overbridge where path users have to cross Wharf Street when the path changes sides. - Existing hazards and poor condition of the path, such as issues with large amounts of gravel and resulting potholes regularly occurring on the path. The gravel /potholes are particularly a problem alongside the railway tracks on Wharf Street. In addition, the Council is also aware of related issues for local businesses and motorists, particularly around the intersecting roads: - Issues around Wharf Street / Roberts Street intersection resulting from the speed of vehicles heading south around the bend conflicting with motorists quickly changing lanes or slowing to turn left into Roberts Street. - Conflict for people trying to get into / out of driveways close to Wharf Street /Roberts Street intersection resulting from the speed of other vehicles turning into Roberts Street. - Conflict with pedestrians/ cyclists at the Kitchener Street and Roberts Street intersections, with confusion over who has priority. Proposed Solutions The proposed options aim to enhance the walking and cycling facilities along this route, providing safe and attractive facilities that can be used by cyclists of all abilities, and address general road safety issues to create a safer route for everyone. Upgrade to the shared walking/cycling path along Wharf Street: - It is proposed to widen the path to 3 metres between the Roberts Street intersection and Strathallan Street traffic lights (currently the path is around 2.2 metres wide), and install a low kerb on the inside of the path to stop gravel collecting on the surface. This is being undertaken in consultation with OnTrack, and will allow for continued access across the path / railway tracks at formalised driveways. Provision of on-road cycling facilities: - Cycle lanes are proposed to be installed along Wharf Street between Birch Street and the Strathallan Street traffic signals, to provide a more efficient route for faster cyclists. As well as installing the cycle lane markings, hazards within the cycle lanes (such as drainage grates) will be upgraded to a cycle-friendly design. Changes to the Wharf Street / Roberts Street intersection and Wharf Street / Kitchener Street intersections: • We have provided several options for discussion that could improve the safety of these intersections for all road users. Following feedback from the community on these options, we will further develop the preferred option including having an independent Road Safety Audit undertaken: - All options involve narrowing the intersections to reduce the conflict area between pedestrians/cyclists and motorists, whilst still allowing for a semi-trailer or B-train to negotiate these corners. - It is also proposed to provide a safer place for pedestrians / cyclists to cross these side roads by shifting the crossing point away from Wharf Street, giving turning vehicles and pedestrians /cyclists more time to see each other and respond appropriately. • Options to give priority to different road users across the Roberts Street and Kitchener Street intersections: - Option 1, 1A and 1B allows for pedestrians/ cyclists using the path to be given clear priority over traffic on the side roads (with new signs/markings for motorists) - Option 2, 2A and 2B allows for motorists on these roads to be given clear priority over pedestrians/cyclists crossing the intersections (with new signs/markings for the shared path users) • Additional option for the Wharf Street / Roberts Street intersection layout: - Option 1B and 2B provides a third option for the Wharf Street / Roberts Street intersection to make Roberts Street ‘No Entry’ to motorists coming from Wharf Street. - This is proposed to reduce conflict for vehicles trying to turn onto Roberts Street around the Wharf Street bend, and reduce conflict around the driveways close to this intersection. Vehicles could use Birch Street and Kitchener Street as alternative access to Roberts Street, and vehicles would still be able to exit out onto Wharf Street. Upgrade of the Strathallan Street/ Wharf Street intersection: - As part of the ‘Harbour Arterial Route’ upgrade proposed in the 2006 Transportation Strategy, the Strathallan Street / Wharf Street intersection is to be widened to better accommodate heavy vehicles. The cycle lanes will be extended along Wharf Street up to the Strathallan Street traffic signals as part of this project. Upgrade of the cycling/walking route along Portsmouth Drive: - It is proposed to continue these improvements along this walking/cycling route in 2009/2010 by widening the section of shared path along Portsmouth Drive, continuing the cycle lanes from the Strathallan Street signals up to the Portobello Road causeway, investigating options for a safe crossing point across to the path around the Shore Street intersection, and changes to the Kitchener Street carpark to better accommodate path users, visitors and tourist vehicles. Project SD1: King Edward Street / Macandrew Road Intersection Upgrade and Cycling Improvements Existing Deficiencies There are several improvements that can be made to the King Edward Street / Macandrew Road signalised intersection which will improve the safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by providing separate lanes for left turning, straight through and right turning traffic. The existing shared straight-through/turning lanes on all the approaches to this intersection make it difficult for drivers to predict the intentions of approaching traffic and restricts visibility for motorists waiting to turn (which also impacts the safety of pedestrians crossing these roads), issues which are reflected in the large number of crashes at this intersection. King Edward Street/Prince Albert Road and Macandrew Road were designated as cycling routes in the Dunedin Cycling Strategy adopted by the Council in 2003. There is demand for cycling facilities to be installed along King Edward Street / Prince Albert Road to create a safe cycling route from St Clair / St Kilda to the South Dunedin shopping area and through to the central city, with a large number of cycling crashes reported along this route. Macandrew Road is also an important cycling route, connecting the St Clair/ South Dunedin area to the Midland Street cycle lanes, and onto the harbourside shared path. On Macandrew Road there are particular concerns along the section through the busier industrial/ commercial area, such as the approaches to King Edward Street signalised intersection. Improving the layout of this intersection and installing cycle lanes along these routes also aims to address a number of cycling and pedestrian crashes along these routes, to contribute to the outcomes of the South Dunedin Safer Routes project. Proposed Solutions There are many competing demands for space through this busy activity area, and the proposed solutions aim to provide a balance to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists: • King Edward Street changes: - The traffic lane layout on the King Edward Street approaches to the traffic signals will be changed so a separate left-turn, straight-through and right-turn lane will be provided. This will allow traffic turning right to get a separate phase, greatly reducing the conflict with other traffic and improving the safety for all users. In addition, providing a separate left-turning traffic lane will allow pedestrians crossing Macandrew Road to get extra protection, as turning traffic will get a red arrow while people are crossing. - There will not be space for a separate cycle lane on the approach to the traffic signals, but the changed layout will benefit cyclists along with other road users and ‘Advanced Cycle Stop Boxes’ will be provided in front of the left-turn and straight-though traffic lanes to create a safe place for cyclists to wait. - To accommodate these improvements several changes are required to the location of the existing bus stops and on-street carparks on King Edward Street. The existing bus stops on the departure side of the traffic lights will both be relocated further away from the intersection. This will result in four carparks being removed on the north side of King Edward Street. On the south side there will be an overall increase in the number of on-street carparks, as a second bus stop will be removed just after Melbourne Street with the space turned into two carparks, balancing out the one carpark that will be removed between Melbourne Street and King Edward Street. - Cycle lanes will be installed on King Edward Street between Macandrew Road and Bayview Road as part of this project. The intention is to continue these cycle lanes south along Prince Albert Road in 2009 - 2010, and continue the cycle lanes north through the South Dunedin shopping area and onto Princes Street between 2009 – 2011 along with other improvements to enhance the busy shopping precinct (including improvements for Cargill’s Corners intersection). • Macandrew Road changes: - The layout of the traffic lanes on the Macandrew Road approach to these traffic signals will be upgraded to create a separate right-turning lane, and because of the space constraints the shared straight and left-turning traffic lane will be retained. There will still be a number of safety benefits for all road users resulting from separating out right-turning traffic, including improved visibility for the right-turning traffic and less confusion for other motorists trying to predict the intention of approaching traffic. - There will be enough space to provide a separate cycle lane on Macandrew Road right up to the traffic signals, and the cycle lanes will be extended along Macandrew Road through the busier commercial / industrial area between Reid Road and Thomas Street. - To accommodate these improvements several changes are required to the location of the existing bus stops and on-street carparks on Macandrew Road. On the east side of Macandrew Road (between King Edward Street and Broughton Street) the bus stop and ‘P30’ carparks will be relocated away from the intersection, with a loss of three unrestricted carparks. On the west side of Macandrew Road (between King Edward Street and Reid Road) the existing bus stop on the departure side of the traffic lights will be relocated further away from the intersection, resulting in the loss of one carpark, and the six carparks along the north side of Macandrew Road will be removed to accommodate the new cycle lanes. There is still a reasonable amount of on-street parking available nearby on Reid Road and Glasgow Street, and time restrictions can be introduced to the remaining on-street parking to better accommodate all the activities in this area if needed.
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