Not much room to do what is needed but some tweaking would really help. Subs in support just to remind Council that we would like to stay alive are always a good idea.
Barrington Mall Driveway to be made a bit safer, for cars and pedestrians. Closes 22 August https://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/consultations-and-submissions/haveyoursay/show/112
Spokes draft sub
This very busy piece of road further challenges cyclists who must travel here with inconsistent on again off again infrastructure full of pinch points and hazards from short stay on street parking, distracted drivers and the odd pedestrian seeking to expeditiously cross the street. Tailbacks on north bound Barrington from cars seeking to enter the mall are frequent and well illustrate the futility of over reliance on car centric transport.
The north bound cycle lane on Barrington ends entirely at Kinver Place leaving cyclists to sort it out with on street parking and the carriageway. The south bound cycle way begins across from Kinver. People on bikes are left to deal with the mall driveway traffic and a bus stop immediately south of the mall driveway which creates a very nasty pinch point when a bus is present. It then continues hard up against on street parking with no buffer zone. Both lanes are nominally 1.8m wide only by including the gutter as part of the riding surface.
In this busy space cycle lanes not really 1.8m wide with no buffer zone hard up against on street parking are simply not safe.
Support and recommendations
Spokes supports this project’s goals. Please do not continue the patterned surface into the bike lane.
The cross section on the proposed plan shows a grass strip on the west side of Barrington as part of the 4.1m footpath. Please reallocate 0.40m of the west footpath (grass strip) to cycle lanes to make them a very nominal 2m as this will still include guttering. This may incur the cost of moving the kerb. At the very least this should be done between Stourbridge Street and Kinver Place.