While turning left on a bike is often seen as the simplest manoeuvre you can do when riding, the biggest risk is that you will be side-swiped by another passing vehicle as you turn. This is not surprising, as drivers invariably look to cut corners to ease their path.
The angled intersection of Moorhouse Ave and Lincoln Rd was reconstructed after the quakes to simplify what was previously a five-leg behemoth. While the new layout certainly simplifies many aspects of it, one problem still remaining was for westbound cyclists wanting to turn onto Lincoln Rd – there was a fair chance that any adjacent motorists would cut across the cycle lane. But now that issue has finally been addressed…
As you can see, there is now a slip island at this location, to prevent motorists from taking a short-cut around the corner. It’s a simple fix really (and arguably an issue that should have been foreseen from day one…). Potentially a few flexi-posts could achieve something similar even more cheaply, although there’s a greater chance that they would get wiped out over time. Hopefully we might see a few more of these treatments where they are warranted.
Do you like protected corners like this?