What “Quick Wins” would you like?

Hidden beneath all the hoopla about the City Council’s Major Cycleways programme, there is another small but potentially very useful line item in the Council budget.  $250,000 was allocated for each of the next two years for “cycleways targeted improvements” (page 304 of the Three-Year Plan for those playing at home). In a nutshell, the aim of this programme is to identify some low-cost “quick wins” that might improve the lot of people cycling on some existing routes relatively easily. A similar programme was introduced in Auckland a couple of years ago, with reasonable success so far.

So what might fall under these “targeted improvements”? Some has already been allocated to a few other little cycling projects (e.g. recreational cycle route signage around the foot of the Port Hills), but there is still scope to implement various other bits’n’pieces. Some possibles examples were suggested in my earlier “1000-day challenge” proposal, including:

    • Improved route/destination signage
    • Removal of barriers on some pathways (esp. at the end of alleyways)
    • Addition of some cycle lane separators at curves and intersections (we’ll cover potential locations for these further in a future post)
    • Kerb ramps at the ends of well-used pathway links
    • Removal of poorly located car parking spaces
    • Addition of hook turn boxes for tricky right turns
A barrier in the way and no direct kerb ramp

Grrr, a barrier in the way and no direct kerb ramp…

A good way to think of potential improvements is to simply consider your regular cycle routes, to work, shops, school, etc. For example, from my own trip to work I can think of a few things that would be nice to fix up:

    • Removal of car parking on one side of the narrow winding section of Centaurus Rd east of St Martins Rd (no house frontages on one side anyway).
    • Smoothing the kerb transitions onto the separated cycleway along Tennyson St.
    • Some cycle lane separators at the Strickland/Milton intersection to keep the left-turners out.
    • Changing the priority of the pathways in Hagley Park so that they have right of way over the access roads.
    Why does the main route have to give way?

    Why does the main route have to give way?

    • Adding a short path link where everyone clearly wants to access the Deans Roundabout crossing point from.
    Those worn-down tracks are usually telling you something...

    Those worn-down tracks are usually telling you something…

    • Putting bypasses around the horrible speed humps on the Riccarton Bush driveway (with vertical posts to prevent motorists doing likewise).

No doubt you have a similar short-list of simple fixes on your regular rides. It might not be possible to deal to everyone’s wishlists in one go. But hopefully if the success of this minor fixes programme is demonstrated, it might become a regular line item in Council’s budgets.

What would be your top five “quick wins” on your regular cycle routes?


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  • Yo Eddy
    4 January 2014, 10:20 am

    Hook turn box on Lake Terrace Rd @ Marshland Rd
    Hook Turn box on Londons St @ Bealey Ave
    Revised central median crossing point at Fitzgerald Ave/Cambridge Tce giving better access from both Alexandra St and Heywood Tce
    Seperators on corner of Briggs Rd near Clearbrook St (although I have requested this previously, only to be told its not a cycle route)
    Extension of No Stopping on East side of Kerrs Road adjacent pedestrian crossing near Dunarnan St)
    one more for good measure!
    Kerb ramp from Latimer Sq (in-line with Madras St) on Gloucester St

  • Robert
    4 January 2014, 5:10 pm

    Kerb ramp for north bound riders leaving Cranmer Sq to head up Montreal Street
    Review of markings heading West on Warrington Street from ( dangerous ) roadside car parking area at Dairy/Shops through until passed Barbadoes St T Intersection . Traffic turning right ( scampering) off Flockton St onto Warrington St then a quick left into Barbadoes St makes this so-called cycle route a treacherous experience.

  • CP
    6 January 2014, 9:14 am

    A lot of painted cycle & pedestrian symbols on paths in Hagley Park

    • nic@CP
      18 February 2014, 4:41 pm

      Yes and keep left signs.

  • Bruce
    6 January 2014, 8:03 pm

    A few more green painted cycleways on the sides of roads specifically across motorist conflict zones e.g.
    * through the 2 Curletts Rd roundabouts Nth bound under the motorway upto the rail overbridge (especially the sth roundabout)
    *from the Main Sth Rd rail overbridge West bound from Sockburn roundabout, past Symes Rd to about 50m past Springs rd intersection (where the pinch point bend is)

  • Cedric
    6 January 2014, 9:38 pm

    About time there were warning signs with regard to the hazard that exists with tram rails especially when wet get very slippery. i saw a young woman a couple of days ago who had wiped out and a motorist had stopped to offer assistance. Signage such as approaches to the Taramakau Bridge (West Coast) would be appropriate.



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