Discussions are happening with the Spreydon/Heathcote community board about how to improve safety on the section of Dyers Pass Road where it is narrow from Sign of the Takahe up to Sign of the Kiwi and Worsley’s Spur. Suggestions on the table initially include:
- Painting yellow lines on 9 blind corners to discourage cars from trying to squeeze past cyclists on blind corners. The road is around 2.5 m wide, so even with a cyclist hard left, the car must cross the centre line by a good half meter which happens all the time and is very dangerous for oncoming cars & cyclists.
- Place signage to encourage cars to overtake in the right lane, not by ‘squeezing’ past. I like the one from California making it very clear the bike can use all of the left lane if needed, and the car can overtake in the right lane. This will reduce confusion about whether the road code’s ‘taking the lane’ suggestion is acceptable or not.
- Reduce the speed limit on the uphill section. A variable limit would make sense – slower during weekends when a continuous stream of bikes is going up there, then faster during peak car commuter times.
A separated road cycleway up Dyers Pass would be nice but obviously very expensive to build so not likely to be considered. Improvements on the safety of Centaurus & Cashmere Roads are also up for discussion so if you have any ideas let us know.