Although we’ve had hook turn boxes at intersections in Christchurch for a few years, it may not always be obvious on approach that they’re there for your use. So a new advance information sign has now been approved in New Zealand, and the first ones have shown up in downtown Christchurch:
The new signs show the two-step process that is expected for a hook turn manoeuvre. Both the Colombo St and Tuam St approaches to the bus interchange corner have these signs installed, leading to marked hook turn boxes at the intersection. This saves you having to get across the busy traffic lanes to make a right turn; just keep to the left and park yourself in the green box until the lights change.
While these are a handy addition to our network, it’s important to remember that you can actually make a hook turn manoeuvre anywhere; you don’t need a special box or a sign to legally do a hook turn. Just be careful with some of the one-way streets that you don’t get caught out trying to do a hook turn in a place where you can’t see any traffic signals, e.g. trying to turn north from Bealey Ave onto Barbadoes St here.
Do you use hook turn boxes around Christchurch?