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									  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: tmatassa@dcc.govt.nz

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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