Of interest to those who ride in the Beckenham/Opawa/Woolston/Ferry Road areas.
Due Wednesday 18 April
The Opawaho River Route MCR goes up Clarendon Tce on its way to Ferry Road. This is a bit of a loop, good for accessing businesses, not that inviting for cycle commuters or the interested but concerned. Sheldon Street connects the MCR at Clarendon Tce and goes to Cumnor Tce where one can jog over to Radley Park. Through the park along the river is an existing route which can be used to follow the Towpath back to the Opawaho River Route MCR at the Dyers/Tunnel Road roundabout.
All planning here should include provision for at least 4 meter wide shared paths and/or separated 3 meter wide bidirectional cycle paths or 2m wide for each direction cycle paths. People are going to use this route to cycle as it is attractive, more direct and a good alternative to the busier cycling on the MCR. Preparing for the inevitable is responsive and cost effective.
Roimata Food Commons proposal can also help to create a safer environment for all park users and those passing through thereby supporting CPTED goals.
The lack of detailed lane widths, either existing or proposed makes submitting fraught. Council is asked to please provide all detail in consultation documents from the outset of all consultations. Spokes supports this project so long as it provides for the cycling infrastructure necessary as recommended in this submission.