Roadworks dangerous for cyclists

Reported in the Cycle path category anonymously at 23:12, Fri 13 October 2017

Sent to Christchurch City Council 38 sec later.

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Stella Traffic have coned off the citybound cycle lane and shoulder on Wainoni Rd from the Anzac Dr intersection through to Hampshire St. They have an “Extreme Care Cyclists Merging” sign on Wainoni Rd on the other side of Anzac Dr, but no advance warning for motorists approaching on Anzac Dr itself. With very limited visibility around the corner, vehicles turning into Wainoni Rd may be confronted with cyclists forced into “their” general traffic lane. And with cyclists approaching the intersection on the shared path (not on the road), motorists are unlikely to be expecting cyclists. The presence of a 30kph temporary speed limit will reduce the likelihood of a cyclist being hit, and the severity of injuries received, but advance warning before the intersection will alert motorists to their potential presence. On a technical note, since the derestriction at the end of the 30kph TSL is not gated leaving the intersection eastbound on Anzac Dr, the 30kph speed limit is not enforceable. If Stella want it to be legal, they will need more than just the single 70kph sign on the central median i.e. one on the left shoulder as well …

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