Temporary traffic management dangerous for cyclists

Reported in the Cycle path category anonymously at 01:19, Thu 7 May 2015

Sent to Christchurch City Council 15 sec later.

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Roadworks on Moorhouse Ave eastbound between Antigua St & Durham St have closed the cycle lane and two traffic lanes. The traffic management contractor (ITS) has thoughtfully provided a cyclist detour, but has then stuck a “Keep Right” sign right in the middle of the cycle lane BEFORE the detour (without even putting a taper in front of it), forcing cyclists into the melee of merging traffic. Also, the cyclist “detour” directs cyclists to “dismount & use footpath” before herding them onto the footpath so they can walk the 450m to the end of the roadworks. This seems quite unnecessary as there is a 30kph temporary speed limit in place and cyclists should be able to safely travel in the nearside (not contraflow) traffic lane – just up the road between Selwyn St & Waller Tce ITS closed the cycle lane & nearside lane, forcing cyclists in with the cars and trucks on the two remaining lanes for over 300m without seeing any need to install a lower temporary speed limit.

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