Palmerston North’s School St cycle lanes off to a bumpy begin


The first attempt at marking buffered cycle lanes on College St between Miles Place and Kent Cres was a mistake. It has been corrected.

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The primary try at marking buffered cycle lanes on School St between Miles Place and Kent Cres was a mistake. It has been corrected.

The transformation of Palmerston North’s School St right into a precedence biking route is gathering pace, however not operating as easily as some would really like.

The town council has accomplished resealing the four.6km avenue, and has painted on a lot of the buffered cycle lanes and no-parking strains.

However it needed to have a second go at one portion of the road past the Awapuni village buying centre.

The lanes across the bends between Miles Place and Kent Cres had been marked out incorrectly, creating a decent slalom course with empty area between the kerb and the cycle lane.

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Chief infrastructure workplace Robert van Bentum mentioned that was corrected in the course of the week, and separators could be put in later to make it safer.

In one other space close to West Finish College, automobiles parked on the road had prevented completion of the cycle lane markings, however that may be fastened.

Cyclists have complained in regards to the roughness of the experience close to the kerbs, and lack of painted sharrows making it clear the lanes had been for bikes.

The inexperienced paint and cycle symbols could be added after the brand new chip seal had settled higher.

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Former councillor and eager bicycle owner Chris Teo-Sherrell mentioned the cycle lanes weren’t working but.

The balance between parking and cycle lanes is yet to be perfected on College St.


The stability between parking and cycle lanes is but to be perfected on School St.

“This was a possibility to essentially do one thing good, and present individuals the way it might be. I’m nonetheless hopeful it should occur.”

He was disenchanted the council had given in to residents’ stress to create indented parking to compensate for the lack of on-street parking alongside the route.

A type of residents, Roy Le Quesne, mentioned he was certain much more parks had been misplaced than the council first proposed, and an indented park close to his home appeared to have been claimed by one automobile, so it was not free for individuals visiting him or his neighbours.

Road users are still to figure out the lane markings on College St.


Highway customers are nonetheless to determine the lane markings on School St.

“I’ve seen two cyclists to date, and one was on the footpath.”

Awapuni pharmacist John Morrison and storage proprietor Stephen Mercer mentioned they had been disenchanted so many automobile parks had been misplaced across the busy buying centre with out the placemaking measures they’d requested for.

Striped bollards have appeared within the centre of the highway on each approaches to the retailers, and van Bentum mentioned there was extra to be performed, together with some red-coloured highway blocking and indicators.

The venture is a part of the council’s City Cycle Community Masterplan.

The subsequent section is a stretch on the prime of Summerhill Drive.

Three-quarters of the individuals who made submissions most popular the choice for a cycleway with a bodily barrier, two raised pedestrian areas and two indented bus bays.

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All on-street parking would go, with three indented parking bays offering area for 12 automobiles.

The council was engaged on the detailed designs and deliberate to start out development in Could.

The subsequent streets to be transformed into precedence cycle routes are Albert St, Milson Line between Tremaine Ave and Flygers Line, and Featherston St between Botanical Rd and Rangitikei St.

Preliminary dialogue with residents and companies started over summer season.

Among the many suggestions was a petition from Milson Line residents involved about security and the potential lack of parking.

Design ideas for the three streets are more likely to be launched in March, with detailed designs more likely to exit for public session in Could, and development to comply with within the second half of the yr.


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