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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Proposed Cycle Network

In August 2011 the Council, with input from the community, adopted a Strategic Cycle Network. The Strategic Cycle Network is a group of cycle routes that connect Dunedin’s key destinations.

The network is designed to provide greater connectivity and safety for cyclists. Identifying strategic routes means investment can be targeted to achieve the greatest benefit. Development of cycle facilities on the routes (such as cycle lanes, separated cycle paths, or shared paths) will be carried out over a 20 – 30 year period, based on priority and subject to funding.

The routes have been further prioritised to help guide the Council’s investment in the network, and applications for New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) funding in future years, ensuring that the most important routes are developed first. The routes have been prioritised based on a combination of safety issues and crash history, population density, topography, existing demand, access to schools, access to employment and benefit-cost ratio.

Maps of the whole network and the specific sub-routes, as well as the prioritisation table, are included in the related information section below.

The Council’s Priorities

In January 2012 the Council identified its top four cycleway priorities in Dunedin. In order these are:

1. Dunedin to Port Chalmers (State Highway 88 shared path).

Completion of the shared path connecting Dunedin to Port Chalmers is the top priority for the Council. Safety is particularly important on this stretch of road as it is windy and narrow with a large number of heavy vehicles travelling at high speed to and from Port Otago. Separating this port traffic from vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians is important. The NZTA is delivering this project as it is a State Highway. In 2012 the NZTA are extending the shared path from Maia to St Leonards. This stage will be completed by July 2012. Further stages linking St Leonards and Port Chalmers are in planning stages for future years, subject to funding.

2. South Dunedin Cycle Network

The Strategic Cycle Network identified a network of routes in and around South Dunedin as a top priority for implementation. The ‘South Dunedin Cycle Network’ was prioritised because it’s relatively flat, has a high population density, access to lots of schools and employment and a poor history of cyclist crashes. The network of routes has recently been refined to provide safe routes that cater for all levels of cyclists.

To develop these routes, the Council has allocated $500 000 p.a. for three years (2012/13 – 2014/15), in addition to $3 million in funding over three years from the NZTA.

The South Dunedin Cycle Network include routes on Forbury Road, Victoria Road, Macandrew Road, Hillside Road, South Road, Neville Street, Tahuna Road, Tainui Road, Royal Crescent, Musselburgh Rise, Silverton Street, Portobello Road, Shore Street, Tedder Street, Oxford Street, New Street, Richardson Street and Coughtrey Street.

3. Portobello Road shared path and cycle lanes.

The widening of the Portobello Road on Otago Peninsula and the development of cycle lanes and the shared path between Dunedin and Portobello, and on to Taiaroa Head, continues to be a high priority for the community and the Council. In the long run the intention is to have a continuous cycle circuit around the entire harbour from Taiaroa Head on the Peninsula to Aramoana on the northern side of the harbour. The document below overviews the main stages of development and projected timeframes for the completion of each section.

4. Dunedin Tunnels Trail (Southern Cycleway – Dunedin to Mosgiel via Caversham Tunnel).

This is a route proposed to connect Central Dunedin, Kaikorai Valley, and Mosgiel, avoiding significant hills by following the rail corridor and using the old rail tunnels at Caversham and Chain Hills. Both of these tunnels are currently closed to the public. There has been a strong community drive for the reopening of these tunnels, particularly Caversham Tunnel, which led to the formation of the Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust (DTTT) in 2009 to advocate for the project. For more information on the Trust and the tunnels follow the link to the Trust website below. The Council has responded to this community drive by setting up a working party, which includes the DTTT. The working party is currently investigating the feasibility of reopening the Caversham Tunnel as Stage 1. If reopening proves feasible the Council is keen to enter into a partnership with the DTTT and possibly other groups, to complete the works required to open the tunnel safely for walking and cycling.

New Zealand Cycle Trail

The project manager for the New Zealand Cycle Trail is (as at March 2012) investigating options for linking the Roxburgh to Lawrence ‘Clutha Gold’ cycle trail with Dunedin. The most likely link option at this stage is following State Highways 8 and 1 from Lawrence, through Milton and out to the coast then along the coast road, via Taieri Mouth and/or Brighton, to Dunedin.

This route is only in the concept phase at the moment. The New Zealand Cycle Trail project manager is currently in discussions with stakeholders and the relevant Councils to select the most appropriate route. Once the route is selected the NZ Cycle Trail will provide signage and marketing of the route. Follow the link in the related information section below for more information on the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.

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