Little River Cycleway blocked, no safe alternative provided

Reported in the Cycle path category anonymously at 00:53, Thu 19 October 2017

Sent to Christchurch City Council 1 min later.

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The Little River Cycleway along Shands Rd has been dug up from Marshs Rd to north of Sir James Wattie Dr for works associated with CSM2. Infuriatingly no safe alternative route for cyclists or pedestrians has been provided, and the signage for the inadequate alternatives are very confusing & likely to lead cyclists & pedestrians into conflict with vehicles on Shands Rd. Between Sir James Wattie Dr & Edmonton Rd, the signage directs cyclists & pedestrians onto the Shands Rd carriageway, “protected” only by a line of cones between them & passing vehicles. There are no barriers, safety fences or conebars, and no lateral safety zone at all. The width of this diverted shared path varies between 0.5m & 1.5m, which is well short of the 2.2m minimum width required by CoPTTM. If cyclists & pedestrians cross to the other side of Shands Rd (a tricky task with no median refuge provided), they come out from behind the side barrier onto the shoulder with no “protection” beyond sporadic cones along the edgeline. With works beside the shoulder, the available width gets squeezed down to 0.5m (still with no lateral safety zone) – and this is beyond the 50kph temporary speed limit protecting the workers further north on Shands Rd, so trucks & cars are passing by at 80kph. The entire site is an absolute mess, and presents a real risk of death or serious injury to cyclists & pedestrians. I would suggest that CTOC actually do their job (“ensuring that all TTM measures are in accordance with CoPTTM”!) and send a Traffic Management Coordinator out to do a full audit on this site!

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