Here's the latest update from the council on the work happening on The Parade this week:
Work on the new cycleway, pedestrian crossings and bus shelters is all on track and due to be complete by mid-February 2016.
Most of the remaining construction work is happening in and around this intersection as we put in bike by-passes around the north and southbound bus stops and install a new pedestrian crossing.
The northbound bus stop is being relocated a little to the south of its existing location and will have a new shelter.
The new kerbline outside Patricia’s Pies is finished and we’ll be completing the ramps for the new pedestrian crossing this week (from 1 February).
Work is continuing on this side south of the intersection too. We plan to pour the northbound bike by-pass and the concrete pad for the new shelter this week.
The new kerbline on the other side of The Parade outside the Island Bay Anglican Church is in, and this week we’ll be building the southbound bike by-pass.
Wellington Water is installing a new sewer line down Humber Street, including putting in a new man hole and pipes at the intersection with The Parade.
To keep traffic flowing, we are coordinating the work and traffic management required for both jobs. The central pedestrian islands for the crossing will be installed in mid-February once the drainage work at the intersection is complete.
The road markings between Dee Street and the bowling club have been completed apart from some green surfacing that still needs to be applied to some of the bike by-passes.
Starting this week, we will begin to resurface the edges of the road south of the bowling club and put in the new road markings. The work will be done in sections one side at a time over the next couple of weeks. Affected residents will be advised ahead of the work starting so they can move any vehicles out of the way.
The existing seal will be removed first, which can be noisy and dusty. We’ll then reseal the road edge. The resurfacing work will happen during the day and the new markings will go in overnight.
Take extra care parking and riding
Getting used to any roading change takes time, so if you park on the street, please take extra care parking in the repositioned bays, and getting in and out of your car.
If you are on a bike, watch for pedestrians and people parking and turning in and out of driveways.
We have painted yellow lines in some places to help make sure people don’t inadvertently park in front of driveways.
If someone is blocking your driveway at any time, please let us know by phoning the Council contact centre on 04 499 4444.
One of the biggest issues with the yet-to-be-completed cycleway is the mobility parks outside the Medical Centre. The design just doesn't work. At the moment a driver with mobility issues is forced to get out into traffic and a passenger with mobility issues has to get out into the buffer zone and then cross the cycleway. The former is a bigger problem than the latter but it's still not ideal overall.
Here's a suggestion for a very simple and obvious solution. Move the entry point to this section of cycleway from it's current position so that it is 20m further south (from point A to point B in the photo). The mobility parks (and the single parking space behind them) can then be moved across so that they are directly adjacent to the kerb. This will allow passengers with mobility issues to get out directly onto the pavement. Re-paint the buffer space on the other side of the car-parks so that drivers with mobility issues can also get out into a nice, wide protected space that is separated from traffic. People on bikes will simply carry on cycling for another 20m in 30 kph traffic before they enter the cycleway. They have already biked through approx. 100m of 30 kph shared space at that stage so another 20m seems like a reasonable compromise to make. This solution involves nothing more than a new paint job so it should also be cheap to do.
The Medical Centre could also choose to be part of the solution. They have parking space at the rear of the building and more of that could possibly be made available to their patients (one of the parks is already marked as a mobility park). A slightly more radical idea is for the Medical Centre and the owners of 163 and 163B The Parade (home to Brew'd and South End Motors) to agree to remove the fence between them and operate a single shared driveway. That would create room for additional parking spaces on either side.