The cy­cle lane that wasn’t


Porirua City Coun­cil was left red­faced re­cently when staff started to in­stall a cy­cle­way in Aotea with­out con­sult­ing res­i­dents.

Aotea Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Rod­ney Strong said he saw the road mark­ings two weeks ago and rang the coun­cil to ask what was hap­pen­ing.

‘‘They said the cy­cle­way was go­ing in.

‘‘I said, ‘what cy­cle­way?’’’

In Fe­bru­ary, the coun­cil floated the pos­si­bil­ity of a cy­cle­way as one op­tion to slow down traf­fic on Aotea Dr, but did not specif­i­cally con­sult the com­mu­nity about it. Nei­ther was the in­stal­la­tion agreed to by elected mem­bers.

The op­tion was in­cluded in a doc­u­ment sent to a lim­ited group of peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Aotea.

How­ever, that doc­u­ment was about deal­ing with ‘‘po­ten­tial road­ing changes’’ all around Porirua and af­ter feed­back was given by the com­mu­nity in March, no more was heard about it, Strong said.

The res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion was con­cerned with speed and pedes­trian safety, but had never sug­gested a cy­cle­way be in­stalled.

The first time we knew the cy­cle­way was go­ing ahead was when the lines were be­ing painted on the road, he said.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said as soon as he was told about the cy­cle­way he made cer­tain all work was stopped.

‘‘The com­mu­nity were con­sulted on some mi­nor road safety im­prove­ments and got a hell of a shock when they got a cy­cle­way.

‘‘The elected mem­bers also got a hell of a shock.’’

The de­ci­sion to put a cy­cle­way on Aotea Dr should have been made in con­sul­ta­tion with the peo­ple who live there.

‘‘I think some­one has got a bit keen and when that hap­pens mis­takes are made.

‘‘I’m sur­prised they put a cy­cle­way in. We’ve all seen the lessons from Is­land Bay.’’

Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tam­sin Evans said the cy­cle­way was part of a va­ri­ety of ‘traf­fic calm­ing’’ mea­sures put in place around Aotea. The road mark­ings would be blacked out when weather per­mit­ted.

Dashed lines for a new cy­cle­way ap­peared on Porirua’s Aotea Drive last week, much to the sur­prise of the peo­ple who live on the street.


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