Shared trans­port space needs work

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

More work is re­quired from drivers, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans in shared spa­ces like the Quay St cy­cle­way.

The $2.18 mil­lion cy­cle­way opened in 2016 and is an im­por­tant con­nec­tion for cy­clists want­ing to go places, but cau­tion is rec­om­mended. This is a high den­sity area with pedes­tri­ans, mo­torists and cy­clists all flow­ing through a tight in­ner city bot­tle­neck.

Af­ter tri­alling this cy­cle­way I rate it 6/10 for recre­ational fam­ily rid­ing and 8/10 for com­muter cy­clists. The three me­tre wide cy­cle route takes in Auck­land’s Viaduct, the ferry ter­mi­nal, Queens Wharf, and passes Brit­o­mart.

While sepa­ra­tion ex­ists be­tween the cy­cle­way and road, there are times when ve­hi­cles creep to­wards the edge and cau­tion is rec­om­mended. Some pedes­tri­ans opted to walk along the cy­cling des­ig­nated cy­cle­way adding to col­li­sion risk. Pedes­tri­ans were jay-walk­ing across Quay St, step­ping into the cy­cle­way. Cy­clists were rid­ing through red lights, nar­rowly miss­ing pedes­tri­ans. Turn­ing traf­fic from Quay St into Queens Wharf across the cy­cle­way is a haz­ard and needs re­design to pre­vent car-cy­cle col­li­sions.

How­ever, this is a high qual­ity cy­cle­way - the chal­lenge is for users to be­come aware of and ad­here to the rules of the shared space.

MARY FITZGER­ALD/FAIRFAX NZ

The three me­tre wide, two-way Quay St in­ner city cy­cle­way is sep­a­rated from the road by con­crete bars.

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