Wellington City Council has just released some useful guidance on using the cycleway:
"With the cycleway and related work on The Parade just about completed, we’d like to extend a big thank you to all Island Bay residents for your patience over the past few months.
We are very aware that the cycleway is a new arrangement and a significant change to The Parade – especially for residents, business people and others who use the route regularly.
We are continuing to monitor how motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are adjusting to the new road layout.
To help everyone adjust to the new road layout, here are a few tips.
Bus bypasses are a shared space
Cyclists slow for bus bypasses - pedestrians crossing
Drivers - let pedestrians and people on bikes go first unless you need to pause on the cycle lane
Cyclists - slow and give way if vehicles are over the cycle lane
Drivers - please park in the marked spaces. The broken white line shows the door buffer zone
Exiting passenger side of cars
Passengers - check before opening your door
Cyclists - slow down for people crossing the cycleway"
We think these are good messages based on common sense and courtesy. Although people on bikes have priority in the cycleway there are legitimate reasons why other users will be temporarily crossing or blocking the cycleway at times. People on bikes may need to occasionally slow down or even stop when that happens. Other road users also need to respect the rights of people on bikes to use the cycleway and try to keep any obstruction of the cycleway to a minimum.
What do you think of this guidance? Does it make sense? Is there anything that has been missed out? Let us know in the comments below.