More Cycle Lane Separators popping up

We’ve talked in the past about those much-loved cycle lane separators that provide an easy way to improve the protection afforded by the humble cycle lane, especially approaching intersections and on the inside of curves. Lately we’ve started to see a few more of these treatments appear around the city. For example, with the reopening of Kahu Rd following the bridge works by Riccarton Bush, riders approaching Straven Rd now find a nice set of separator posts (and widened cycle lane) to help keep left-turners from encroaching on their lane (although could a car squeeze through there?):

New separators on Kahu Rd approaching Straven Rd

New separators on Kahu Rd approaching Straven Rd

Meanwhile, over near The Palms on New Brighton Rd another set of separators have sprung up:

New Brighton Rd approaching North Pde / Marshland Rd

New Brighton Rd approaching North Pde / Marshland Rd

Some more hook turn boxes have also been installed at this site. We’re starting to see these become more standard at intersection reconstructions around town.

New hook turn box at The Palms

New hook turn box at The Palms

Notice also that both sites feature a new brighter green surfacing. This “apple green” colouring will be the new standard colour used for future cycleway works; one benefit is that it should show up a lot better at night-time too.

Christchurch City have already compiled a good long list of potential sites for these separator treatments (thanks in part to your feedback), so expect to see more of them rolled out around the city as resources permit. For example, I think some more along the inside curves of Kahu/Kotare are in the pipeline.

Have you seen any other new cycle lane separators around town?

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  • Darren
    30 November 2014, 6:48 pm

    It took a lot of pushing to get them on Ferrymead bridge approaches and departures. I think what clinched it was that the posts also helped bring vehicle speeds down to the posted speed limit.
    One side has already been knocked down, better a post than a cyclist!

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  • Criggie
    30 November 2014, 7:02 pm

    I think these are a great idea, but they’re not a complete fix. Cars still turn left without looking behind them. This happened to me at the pictured Palms/Shirley lane. Perhaps straight ahead bikes best pay attention to indicators, and front wheel angle of the car nearest them.

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    • Velocipede@Criggie
      19 June 2015, 7:54 pm

      Yes, although a great idea and I welcome many, many more, cycle lane separators are not a complete fix. While they do appear to prevent motor vehicle intrusion into the cycle lane on curves and at intersections (which is very, very welcome), they do not in any way prevent the greatest transgression of motorists: doing left hand turns directly in front of cyclists at intersections. Motorists MUST give way to cyclists in cycle lanes, but most don’t even look, let alone dream that cyclists exist even if they have just passed them. I feel the need for “look left and give way” signs on the cycle lane separator posts. They might make a difference.

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  • Yo Eddy
    1 December 2014, 8:28 am

    More education needed, especially on the use and advantages of hook turns.

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  • michael
    1 December 2014, 8:44 am

    They work well, and help drivers remember to keep out of all cycle lanes when turning. I have noticed a marked improvement in drivers behaviour at intersections near the Strickland St separators.

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  • CP
    1 December 2014, 8:55 am

    Great to read more planned along the inside curves of Kahu/Kotare. Really hoping they put one on top of the repaired bridge heading west, of if not a post at least the green surface.

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