Roadworks dangerous for cyclists

Reported in the Road/highway category anonymously at 02:29, Sun 15 October 2017

Sent to Selwyn District Council 26 sec later.

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The eastbound shoulder and left turn lane on Main South Rd approaching Barters Rd has been coned off (to prevent vehicles turning into Barters Rd due to the closing of the railway crossing). Unfortunately this means that cyclists are forced out of the shoulder and into the general traffic lane (in a 70kph area). With a right turn bay on the other side of this lane, there is not a lot of space for motorists to safely pass a cyclist. Also, without any advance warning (just a generic “Roadworks” sign, without even the supplementary “Shoulder Closed” plate), motorists are unlikely to be expecting cyclists in “their” lane. Why not move the cones 1-1.5m back from the shoulder/left turn lane markings – the “No Left Turn” sign will still stop motorists from trying to turn into Barters Rd whilst providing safer passage for cyclists?

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