Cycle Lane Separators – Your Feedback Wanted

You may recall an earlier post introducing a trial of cycle lane separators to be installed at a couple of Christchurch locations. Well those trials have been going for a couple of months now and, as well as collecting videoed observation data, the study team would like to hear some feedback from actual users of these facilities.

UPDATE: Results of Trials now presented (April ’13)

To recap, two sites have been trialled:

  • Kotare St, near Clyde Rd in Ilam, where motorists often cut the corner of a fairly tight lefthand corner. Small raised “rumble” separators were placed around the inside cycle lane, and then a vertical post was also added later.

Kotare St trial

  • Strickland St, at Brougham St in Sydenham, where left-turning motorists often squeeze into a cycle lane before turning at the traffic lights. Again, small raised separators were placed there first and just this week some vertical posts have also been added.

Strickland St trial

ViaStrada are now undertaking a survey seeking feedback from those who have used the new facilities. If you have experienced either or both of these sites, please take the time to provide some feedback (you’re welcome to also comment here, but please complete the survey too!). You can undertake the online survey via their webpage – feel free to pass it on to anyone else who might be interested.

Remember that these are just trials of a particular treatment at a particular location. It doesn’t imply that these will be the only type of treatment used in Christchurch, especially for new cycle facilities.

What do you think? Do the separators help improve driver behaviour? Do they add to your riding comfort?


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  • Cyclomaniac
    12 October 2012, 9:18 pm


  • Kathy
    13 October 2012, 10:29 am

    Kotare St one is pointless as cyclists use Medbury Tce and do NOT turn left here. Cyclists heading to town have no problems and I find the separators an extra hazard. However, they would work better on Clyde Rd either west or this same intersection. I am constantly cut off by turning cars who use the cycle lane as a turning lane.

    • Axel Wilke@Kathy
      24 October 2012, 5:26 pm

      Hello Kathy, I’m not sure that I can follow your feedback. The Kotare Street trial has nothing to do with cyclists turning left. The research is being done to find out whether we can stop drivers from cutting through the cycle lane when going round that bend.

  • Anne
    15 October 2012, 11:26 am

    They are an improvement as the physical barriers accentuate the cycle lane and give a sense of legitimacy, both for ourselves and for drivers. Physical separation was one of the key things shown in a study undertaken for NZTA that would prompt non-cyclists to make the switch to cycling. I can’t imagine that this infrastructure would satisfy what they had in mind in terms of traffic separation, though it is a step in the right direction

  • Stephane
    15 October 2012, 9:02 pm

    Good idea and quite cheap to put in place. As pointed by others, it is a step in the right direction. However, it is a tiny step and a lot more is required to ensure the safety of cyclists i.e. cyclists really need separate lanes all across the city and must not be forced to share lanes with buses.

  • Shane
    16 October 2012, 5:39 pm

    Kotare st one is good, this is a classic “get squeezed” corner and the marker has stopped this to some extent. There are many places around Christchurch that these would help. It is quite common to be given no room at intersections due to a variety of reasons (i.e. not seen, not enough room for cars). I think these are a marvelous idea. I only use a bike for travel and regularly commute 200 km’s a week so anything that helps is quickly noticeable. Make more trails! Some suggestions;

    London st, the end of Bealey when you head over bridge, the bridge on Kilmarnock. If you would like some places highlighted on a map please let me know. Keep up the good work.

    • Axel Wilke@Shane
      24 October 2012, 5:32 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions, Shane. I know all the locations that you list (although you presumably mean the bridge over the Avon on Kahu Rd). Your feedback should go to Christchurch City Council (CCC), though; as a researcher, there is nothing that I can do to initiate further measures. For your information, my time doing this research is paid for by VicRoads (the state roading authority for Victoria) – bless the Australians for their interest in this! If you’d like to get in touch with relevant CCC staff, get in touch with me and I’ll give your their details.



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