St Lukes’ ‘ugly’ cy­cle lanes set to stay


New cy­cle lanes de­scribed as ugly and im­prac­ti­cal are a cost­ef­fec­tive way to make Auck­land’s roads safer, cy­cling ad­vo­cates say.

Some St Lukes Rd users have raised con­cerns about the look and ef­fec­tive­ness of new ‘‘flex­i­post’’ bar­ri­ers in­stalled in March to pre­vent cars drift­ing into cy­cle lanes.

San­dring­ham res­i­dent Ange Grayson said the flexi-posts were ‘‘beyond be­ing a com­plete eye- sore’’ and should be re­moved.

Belinda Fel­lowes from Mt Al­bert said the flexi-posts blocked cy­clists from turn­ing right off St Lukes Rd. An­other con­cern was dif­ficulty clean­ing the bike lane gut­ters.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) cy­cling, walk­ing and safety man­ager Kathryn King said it had met with cy­cling ad­vo­cacy group Bike Auck­land to get feed­back re­gard­ing right hand turn ac­cess and road clean­ing is­sues.

Some flexi-posts had since been moved to make the right turns pos­si­ble.

AT con­tracted clean­ing ser­vices for all in­fra­struc­ture such as roads, foot­paths, bus stops and cy­cle­ways, King said.

Stan­dard street sweep­ers did not fit into the cy­cle­ways but there were ma­chines that can do this work, she said.

‘‘We un­der­stand that there have been is­sues with leaves along the route and we have had the cy­cle­way cleaned out and are in the process of work­ing on what sort of reg­u­lar clean­ing pro­gramme best suits this area and is most eco­nom­i­cal,’’ King said.

Travers Reynolds from Pt Che­va­lier said the flexi-posts were great and made rid­ing feel safer.

‘‘Yeah - they’re ugly, but name one part of a road that is at­trac­tive,’’ Reynolds said.

Bike Auck­land chair Bar­bara Cuth­bert said retro-fit­ting the city with cy­cle lanes needed a flex­i­ble ap­proach that re­mained within bud­get.

‘‘We do not have the fund­ing to pro­vide the gold stan­dard in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion.’’

The cy­cle lanes on St Lukes Rd have raised eye­brows.

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