Public consultation starts in a couple of weeks on the proposal to double-lane the Totara Street cycle way, with user feedback sought for the busy corridor.
“So far a lot of people are commenting and reacting quite quickly but we want to get feedback," says Mount/Papamoa ward councillor Leanne Brown.
"But we want everyone to also understand the work that's been done; single lane options, double lane options which side of the road and all those sorts of things.”
“So there's a lot of work being done, but what's been proposed isn't necessarily what we are going to end up with - and that's why we need people to give their feedback.”
Totara Street is a direct link between the Mount Maunganui commercial centre and the Tauranga city centre and is used by 19,000 vehicles every day with 5000 of them trucks. The street also supports just under 200 bike trips every day.
The Tauranga City council website states the council goal is to create a road corridor that can be safely shared by people driving trucks, cars and on bikes, and make it safer and easier for people of all abilities to ride bikes between Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.
At this stage it is unlikely that intersections will be widened as there are number of constraints.
The intention is to use the space available and take the cycle paths off road for part of the way and then back on road to the dual cycle lanes.
Examples of the proposed intersection changes at the Maui and Totara Street Intersection and the Hull and Totara Street Intersection.