Roadworks exceptionally hazardous to cyclists (and pedestrians)

Reported in the Cycle path category anonymously at 02:03, Wed 24 June 2015

Sent to Christchurch City Council 49 sec later.

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Temporary traffic management set up by Fulton Hogan on SH74A Garlands Rd at Cumnor Tce is very dangerous for cyclists & pedestrians. The westbound cycle lane has been dug up so changes can be made to the layout of the Cumnor Tce intersection, but the current placement of cones between the cycle and traffic lanes (without any taper to close the cycle lane off) directs cyclists into the dug up worksite(which also doubles as a temporary pedestrian footpath!). With the worksite hidden on the other side of a humpback bridge, cyclists will have to suddenly swerve into the general traffic lane to get past safely (provided they aren’t hit by a car or truck travelling at 50kph past the worksite). At least Fulton Hogan have finally put up the token “Extreme Care Cyclists Merging” sign (it only took them 2 weeks after starting work to do this!). Unfortunately they also put another “Extreme Care Cyclists Merging” sign on the other side of Garlands Rd for eastbound traffic, although there are no works affecting this side of the road and the eastbound cycle remains clear. The Traffic Management Plan for this work (TMP #28627) still lists the impacts of this work as only “Vehicle Lane(s) Closed”, which is a far cry from blocking both the cycle lane and the only footpath across the Heathcote River. Maybe one of the Temporary Traffic Management Coordinators from CTOC could actually go to this site and conduct a CoPTTM full audit so it can be brought up to a safe standard (or alternatively, this being a CCC job, maybe they could remove Fulton Hogan as the temporary traffic management contractor and withhold payment for the non-compliant “services” already imposed on road users)?

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