Roadworks dangerous for cyclists

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

Sent to Christchurch City Council 18 sec later.

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The northbound cycle lane on SH74A Rutherford Street crossing the Heathcote River has been haphazardly blocked by cones for the last week without any advance warning for cyclists or motorists. The Traffic Management Plan for this work (TMP #28730 on http://www.tfc.govt.nz/current-conditions/roadworks/) describes the work as requiring “cones on the shoulders on the bridge” and states the impacts as only “Shoulder Closure”. Now, anyone who knows this bridge (or looks on Google Streetview) will know that there are cycle lanes on the bridge but no shoulders, so how Traffic R Us could submit and CTOC approve this TMP is a mystery. There are also median pedestrian islands at both ends of the bridge, which means that there is not enough room for both a cyclist and truck to safely get past the blocked cycle lane. And with over 1,100 trucks crossing this bridge every day, the “temporary traffic management” here seems a disaster waiting to happen.

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