Basic checklist and best practices

Intersection Improvements

• To the extent possible intersections should be standardized. This allows all road users to be familiar with and able to easily, naturally, cope.

• Include advance stop boxes/areas at all intersections for people on bicycles

• Provide cycle lanes to ‘filter through’ to advance stop areas –Green paint is significantly cheaper than the cost of any ‘accident’

• Clearly marked in street sensors for cyclists to activate lights

• Cyclist early start to get across intersection

• Clearly marked cycle lanes on destination side of intersection to alert drivers to keep right and share the road

• Hook turn boxes at busy intersections

• Bollards or similar to dissuade drivers from using cycle lanes as left turn lanes

• Cyclists get a green cycle light crossing the top of a ‘T’ or a left turn unless the pedestrian button has been pushed

• Infringement enforcement cameras

• Clearly marked cycle lanes before, through and after roundabouts to hopefully alert drivers that they need to be aware of and share the space

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Christchurch’s Road User Culture and Practices

To accomplish the culture change of more people cycling will require all road users to update and improve their skills and awareness of the needs of others.

If casualties are to be minimized education, promotion and enforcement must be funded and maintained for years.

Some of the points to be covered:

• Share the Road – Be aware of other road users

• Consider the needs and constraints on all other road users

• Drive to the conditions – high speeds in urban environments are unsafe

• Amber lights mean slow and prepare to stop, not speed up to get through

• At intersections stay in the centre of your lane to allow cyclists to filter through to advance stop boxes

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