Roadworks unsafe for cyclists

Reported in the Cycle path category anonymously at 01:02, Fri 17 April 2015

Sent to Christchurch City Council 12 sec later.

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Roadworks associated with repairs to the Clifton pump station are dangerous for cyclists on Main Rd travelling in either direction. Eastbound, motorists are forced into the cycle lane opposite the worksite, but there is no advance warning for cyclists or drivers that this will happen. Because of the curve in the road at the worksite, and the concrete wall immediately next to the road, it is not possible to see that vehicles are forced into the cycle lane before they reach the start of the cone taper. Although there is a 30kph TSL in place, this seems more intended to stop cars, buses and trucks from crashing into each other or scraping the concrete wall than to provide a safer environment for cyclists past the worksite. Westbound, the cycle lane and part of the general traffic lane are coned off, so cyclists are forced to “merge” with the cars, buses & trucks to get past the worksite. Again there is no advance warning for cyclists or drivers that this will happen.

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