This is probably the most important update on progress yet from the council. The marking out of the new parking spaces that create the cycleway will begin this week on the block between Tamar and Avon Streets. Read more...
New road markings
Starting this week, we will be progressively installing the new road markings and parking spaces needed to create the safer bike lanes. The work will be done in sections, and we’ll need each area to be free of parked cars for a couple of days while it happens.
The work involves removing and resealing a 2-metre wide strip adjacent to the kerb to provide a better surface for riding on. It will happen during the day and be noisy and dusty at times. The new white lines will then be painted overnight.
We’ll also be painting the new centre line.
Tamar to Avon streets
This week, we plan to reseal the road edge and put in the new markings between Tamar and Avon streets. There will be orange cones put out the night before work starts indicating the area that needs to be free of cars by 7am the following morning.
Weather permitting, the preparation, sealing and road marking will happen on the west side (even numbers side) of this block during the day and overnight on Wednesday 9 December. Work on the east side (odd numbers side) will happen on Thursday 10 December. The sealing and road marking work is weather dependent so will need to be delayed if it is wet.
Take extra care parking and riding
The parking spaces will be out from the kerb and clearly marked. The cycle lane will be adjacent to the footpath.
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’re on a bike and starting to use the newly marked sections of lane, watch for pedestrians and people parking or turning in and out of driveways.
New bus shelter and other work near Avon Street
The new bus shelter outside the Presbyterian Church is in place and being used. We’ve also completed the concrete bike path around it.
The bus stop has replaced stops immediately to the north and south of this one. We will remove the old bus shelter this week. We’ll also be putting porous paving around the tree.
Tamar Street intersection
We’re installing a new pedestrian crossing at this intersection and have completed work at three of the four corners.
Work on the north-west corner is continuing but should be complete by the end of this week. The central island for the crossing is likely to be constructed next week.
Mersey Street intersection
All the work outside the diary is complete along with most of the work on the footpath near the Empire Cinema. New concrete bike paths have been constructed on this side in both locations to provide a safe way to ride past the new and existing pedestrian crossings and the relocated bus stop.
The bus shelter frame is up and the glass will be installed this week. The real-time information sign will also be reinstalled.
A new zebra crossing is going in outside the cinema, and the bus stop is being relocated about 20 metres north of its old location. It should be in use in its new location from this Thursday 10 December.
Work is getting under way on the other side of The Parade, south of the Mersey Street intersection, to create a bike by-pass around the school crossing and bus stop. The bus stop and crossing have been moved south while this happens.
All going well, the new kerbs will be poured here on Wednesday 9 December. Opposite the cinema, we’ll be putting in the ramps for the new pedestrian crossing. The new central islands, north and south of the intersection, are likely to be constructed next week.
Dee Street intersection
Work at this intersection is also under way. We are putting in a zebra crossing slightly south of the existing crossing point and installing a bike path around it and the bus stop.
Last week we excavated the edge of the footpath and road. The new kerbline will be poured this week. Most of the work in this area is on the eastern side and should be finished before Christmas.
So from this week the cycleway will incrementally start to appear. This will be a big change for all road users so please take extra care, especially while some sections of The Parade are kerbside cycleway and other sections are not.
If you are cycling be careful as you move between the different sections and watch out for people and cars crossing the cycleway. People could be getting into or out of cars, getting to or from a bus-stop, or using a pedestrian crossing. They have a right to be there so please give way if the cycleway is temporarily obstructed. Also be aware of cars pulling into and out of driveways. Moderate your speed so that you can safely stop if you need to. Enjoy the fact that you won't feel like you need to be competing with moving traffic.
If you are driving please be take extra care as you pull into and out of driveways. Cyclists will not be in quite the same place as you are used to. The same applies to intersections. Please try and avoid overtaking a cyclist on the cycleway if you are about to turn left at an intersection. The cyclist has the right of way if they are travelling straight through. As you approach the main shops make sure you slow down to 30 kph and be aware that the cycleway doesn't carry on through the shopping centre so cyclists will be merging back into traffic. Make sure that you park in the marked parking spaces and not in the cycleway!
With a little bit of courtesy and common sense on all sides there should be no issues. Remember that just because something is the way it is at the outset doesn't necessarily mean it has to stay that way. If there are aspects of the cycleway that you think need to be tweaked to make them work better let us know via this website or contact the council directly.
Keep up with all the latest information at the council's dedicated webpage: Island Bay Upgrade
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