Council will need a lot of support to accomplish this. Please consider making a polite submission.
Thanks to Council for better use of roads for transport and increased road safety. Removing on street parking can be contentious, but is clearly needed both to maintain traffic flow and to increase road safety. This project needs to go a bit further to better achieve these goals.
With nearly 20,000vpd and 300 cycles per day this is a busy road easily meeting the One Road classification of an arterial road.
While nominally a residential road the congestion created by the University would indicate the applicability of Council’s Cycle Design Guidelines section 3.2.1. Local cycleways/Urban commercial centres/Separated cycle paths which calls for separated cycle paths as specified in section 2.2.1.
Sections 2.2.1-2.4.1, Major cycleways/Arterial roads/Separated cycle path: Design principles call for physically separated 2.4m wide cycle lanes in each direction. Section 3.2.3 calls for 1.8-2m wide cycle lanes where this is not “appropriate”.
If erroneously considered a local cycleway through a residential area the applicable section is 3.3 and calls for a 30km/h speed limit and traffic calming. “3.3. Local cycleways and residential streets In urban residential streets, local cycleways ideally will be neighbourhood greenways which create a slow, safe environment where bicycles, vehicles and people can comfortably co-exist. The quality of the environment and amenity of the residential street is also enhanced through the design. On busier residential streets, where lower traffic speeds and volumes are not possible then separated cycle lanes or shared paths may be more appropriate.”
In this project the carriageway width allocates 7.1m to accommodate larger vehicles. On street parking is given a mere 2m width and cycle lanes 1.8m. The likelihood of “dooring” is high. Given the high usage by both motorized vehicles and bicycles lowering the speed to 30km/h and traffic calming is clearly required.
Please give northbound cyclists an early start at the light on Dovedale Ave. & again at Maidstone Roads.