Two-lane cycleway mooted

Totara Street cycles lanes may become two-way. Photo Supplied.

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.



11 Comments

Now I've seen...

Posted on 19-09-2017 01:25 | By GreertonBoy

it all? So, there is 19,000 vehicles including 5000 trucks per day... which is 19,000 drivers paying huge amounts of registrations and insurances... and now we have to pay for idiotic 2 lane cycle lanes which place the cyclists perilously close to the traffic.... for 200 cyclists who might use the lanes.... because as we all know, cyclists dont generally obey any rules, and dont pay anything towards road rescue nor road upkeep? Who is the bright spark that thought this up? Probably someone we pay lots of money for as well? Pffffttt wake up!

Great!

Posted on 06-09-2017 08:04 | By dbunk

What an awesome way to promote cycling, maybe the port truck drivers could use this and help the country with its obesity rates!

There

Posted on 05-09-2017 19:04 | By Capt_Kaveman

is plenty of room on the other side to make a footpath cycle lane just get the lazy power company to move the poles

here we go again

Posted on 05-09-2017 16:06 | By old trucker

They will go ahead with this ,they were there this morning marking, we will have NO SAY in this and is probably signed off already, the cyclist seem to rule, Gosh i hope this never happens , a cyclist riding into on coming traffic is waiting to happening ,Bugger the BIGRIGS they can wait, we pay $$$$$Thousands in road users and Cyclists seem to get PRIORITY.my thoughts only on this,why cant the bikes go up the foot path as not many walk along there,but NO, its TO EASY,NO ONE HAS a BRAIN in TCC and let this happen, (MAYBE)just maybe,that one of them is a CYCLIST and wants this,done,my gosh it makes ya blood boil, with all this NONSENSE,anyway Sunlive,you are the BEST for NEWS, thankyou, and 10-4, out.phew.

Pot Holes And Crash Test Dummies . . .

Posted on 05-09-2017 14:44 | By Makkas1313

One wonders when they council will repair the road properly. The entire length of Totara Street is riddled with either mature potholes or those just being born. There is a tremendous amount of heavy vehicle traffic on that road with bugger all evidence of proper maintenance or correct roading to begin with. When the cyclists start paying registration and road user charges then we can look at pampering to them!!!

Bad idea

Posted on 05-09-2017 13:48 | By jh

Not enough space between cars and cyclists

Pavement

Posted on 05-09-2017 12:45 | By rsearlenz

What about the pedestrians??

Which idiot dreamed up this idea ?

Posted on 05-09-2017 12:44 | By local yokel

A quick way to kill off a lot of cyclists. Leave a cycle lane on both sides of the road. It worked before so it can still work. There is plenty of room to shift the east lane back if they want to make more room for traffic . I think someone or the Council live in La La land.

Dangerous idea on lots of levels

Posted on 05-09-2017 11:33 | By Seriously?

TCC please also consider other users of these roads - Totara Street is incredibly busy all day with cars, trucks, trains, container terminals, entry/exits to the port. And to have some cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road will add to the confusion. At night drivers will have white lights coming towards them with cyclists riding in the opposite direction seemingly in the same lane or same side of the road. Tourists of cruise ships will also be using this and already one passenger lost her life (not on Totara St admittedly) but their perception of our road rules will be muddied even further. Please don't go with this idea.

NO

Posted on 05-09-2017 10:39 | By Capt_Kaveman

Brain dead TCC council at it again

Tcc engage brain

Posted on 05-09-2017 10:20 | By hapukafin

someone will get killed

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