This intersection is the access point for the Adventure Park and to mountain bike trails in the Port Hills. It is long overdue for attention.
Submissions can be sent to Tara.King@ccc.govt.nz Do include your name, address, phone, organisation affiliation, if any and if you would like to speak to your submission.
Link to submission document https://ccc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Consultation/2017/July/test/FINAL-Cashmere-Hoon-Hay-Worsleys-intersection-improvements-PIL-A3.pdf
Here is a draft of Spokes submission:
Cashmere/Hoon Hay/Worsleys Road Submission
Spokes Canterbury seeks roads which best meet the needs of all road users. This project will be a definite improvement to this very challenging intersection. The proposed cycle infrastructure might meet the needs of experienced cyclists, but is unlikely to satisfy the interested but concerned cyclists who are the target of the major cycle routes. With the Adventure Park and greatly increased residential development infrastructure fit for cyclists 8 to 80 is required.
Worsleys Road has had a relatively low density of housing. Residential traffic was able to share with the many walkers and cyclists who enjoyed the road itself and the paper road extending into the Port Hills. With the Adventure Park traffic volumes had increased markedly. Even more will be generated by the new developments underway along Worsleys Road which will provide between 300-500 new homes. Many of these residents will now join the walkers and cyclists traveling the full length of Worsleys Road and the need for safe pedestrian and cycle infrastructure along the upper section of Worsley Road must be planned for.
What has been a bucolic reminder of Christchurch’s more rural past is transitioning to urban use. The infrastructure provided must meet new demands.
Where guttering intrudes into cycle lanes expand cycle lane width by the width of the intrusion. Gutter area is too often uneven and/or littered and/or full of water to be part of cycle lane.
Hoon Hay Road
The north bound cycle lane on west side of Hoon Hay at intersection ends abruptly at bus stop about 100m from Cashmere Road. This pinch point can be mitigated by reducing some of the central median and extending the cycle lane.
Cycling infrastructure is long overdue. The section east of the intersection is often a pinch point due to the narrowing road and curves and serves as a major connector to Worsleys Road for road, mountain bike, recreational and utility cyclists. With continuing development in Kennedy’s Bush and Halswell the section to the west is also a major cycle route into Christchurch in need of improvement.
Intersection of Hoon Hay/Cashmere/Worsleys Roads
Cashmere Road east bound add cycle left turn lane using part of verge to allow cycles to access left turn lane early, thereby minimizing conflict with left turning cars. Push intersection stop line to behind entry point to left turn lane. This reinforces traffic law of no left turn on red while preventing cars from blocking cycle lane and/or stopping on pedestrian crossing. This will also require an advanced start phase for pedestrians heading east on Cashmere Road crossing Hoon Hay Road. Alternatively extend no stopping cross hatching to remind cars not to block cycle lane/pedestrian crossing.
Reduce width of verge to allow more room for left turning cycles and cars and/or provide shared space for cycles to make left turn using footpath.
Provide cycle lane on Worsleys which is not shared/blocked by cars so cyclists can access the advanced stop area. Bollards may also be required to remind cars not to block lane.
Extend no stopping cross hatching to remind cars not to block cycle lane/pedestrian crossing.
Option 2 is preferred. Cashmere Road traffic has better visibility of cars accessing/departing the parks. Residents will need parks and shopping centre has its own parking lot.
Option 1 has parking access issues being so close to the intersection. Traffic from Hoon Hay to Cashmere and right turning cars from Worsleys are impacted by parking as proposed.
North of Hurunui Street
Sharrows are not suitable due to the new developments accessed from Worsleys Road. The Adventure Park traffic had already made this clear. When 3-500 new homes are built the proposed plans will be wholly unsuitable. Two meter wide cycle lanes on each side will be required.
Worsleys at Hurunui
Without details on the proposed narrowing of this intersection effective participation in consultation is difficult. Road narrowing to calm traffic can also leave insufficient room for people on bicycles to avoid turning cars, increasing stress for both. Bicycles on Hurunui will also need sufficient space to use the intersection without having to ‘take the lane’. A cycle lane on Worsleys is needed. Alternatively pushing the stop line back a bit may help to keep cars from blocking cycles on Worsleys Road. The infrastructure provided must be fit for purpose for people aged 8 to 80.
Section South of Hurunui Street
Road space must be provided along the new developments for expandable pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. The footpath on the east side of Worsleys will need to be extended to meet the needs of the residents in the new developments. At the very least plans for cycle lanes and footpaths need to be drafted to meet this identifiable need. Providing both now as part of this project will save money.