Cycle lane closed unnecessarily

Reported in the Cycle path category anonymously at 01:21, Mon 16 March 2015

Sent to Christchurch City Council 20 sec later.

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Southbound cycle lane outside new Duncan Cotterill & adjacent building at top end of Victoria St coned off for about 80m. Although there is an “Extreme Care Cyclists Merging” sign where the cycle lane is coned off (sign moved from cycle lane due to FixMyStreet 4125), it is just round the corner from Bealey Ave so visibility is not great, and the speed limit remains at 50kph. With cycle lane & shoulder closed on other side of road for more building work, cyclists are forced into a very narrow and busy pinchpoint. The closure seems to be to allow for a temporary footpath to be diverted onto the road whilst the permanent footpath is resealed. So why can’t the cones be moved back to the edge of the parking shoulder, which would still provide enough room for pedestrians and allow cyclists to remain in the cycle lane rather than being forced out amongst the cars & trucks (note that the fenced area at the southern end of site blocking the shoulder is only being used to store a couple of 44 gallon drums, which could easily be moved back to the footpath – which has been resealed at this point!).

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