Assessing the options
There are a number of factors that determine the best route for a cycleway including safety, compatibility with other road users and impacts on residents and businesses. For Rapanui–Shag Rock Sections 2 and 3, various route and facility type options were initially identified and assessed against multiple criteria designed to provide a balance between the needs of people wanting to cycle and the impacts of the cycleway on businesses, residents and the road network.
The following provides information on some of the criteria used when assessing the route options:
- Safety first
For the cycleways to work well and feel safe, the Major Cycle Routes must be built in a certain way. This means separating people on bikes from motor vehicles in some areas or slowing vehicle speeds and reducing vehicle numbers in others.
Generally, the preferred location for a Major Cycle Route is on quieter streets where there are less large vehicles such as trucks. However, this needs to be balanced against providing direct routes and linking with local amenities such as shops, schools and parks.
When assessing safety, consideration has also been given to creating quality environments that feel safe and attractive. This includes design aspects such as lighting and landscaping so that the route feels comfortable and safe for all users.
There are a number of u-turns bays on Linwood Avenue. Three of these will need to be closed to minimise conflict between vehicles and people on the shared path.
The existing u-turns on Linwood Avenue at Linwood park, Tilford Street and between Damien Place and Or mandy Place will be removed to reduce the number of crossings on the shared path.
The Alternative Route proposes a new signalised intersection on Humphreys Drive, which will provide a crossing point for the cycleway and better access to the Ferrymead shops.
On the preferred route the cycleway is separated along the Estuary edge. To provide space required for this the existing car parks facing out to the Estuary will need to be relocated to the other side of the road. This will reduce the number of on-street carparks from 39 to 23, a loss of 16 spaces.
The alternative route is separated along Linwood Avenue, west of Hargood Street, adjacent to the median. For this option only, parking will be removed at the following locations so that sufficient width can be provided for the separated cycleway:
- Along Linwood Avenue, parking will be removed from the inside shoulder space next to the median.
- On the south side of Linwood Avenue, between Gow Place and Hargood Street, parking will be removed from the kerbside edge of the road.
- On the south side of Linwood Avenue, between Smith Street and Gow Place, the parking near Gow Place will be moved west to be nearer to Smith Street.
- Business Impacts
The Council recognises that existing parking and access to businesses is very important, particularly for local shops which rely on passing custom. Where possible, we have retained existing parking zones in their current form or proposed alternative on-street parking close by.
- Residential impacts
The Council is aware of the need to balance different residents travel needs, including access and parking. We have carefully considered options to keep as much parking as possible. However, when planning safe, direct cycleways using limited available space there will be times when vehicle parking does not take priority.
In some areas we will need to remove trees to make room for the cycleways. Trees to be removed will be replaced in suitable locations nearby.
Along the whole route five trees have been identified that will need to be removed.
Replacement trees will be planted close by. Over the full length of the route, over 100 trees will be planted.
Read the detailed Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway assessment report (PDF).