The community working groups came up with a short-list of options for each route and these went out to the public for feedback between 4 - 17 September. We have considered all the feedback received on all of the options and summarised this for each route.
Safety for people on bikes is one of the biggest considerations for cycleway design.The NZ Transport Agency criteria specify that bike lanes must be appropriate for the type of street. A main road with a lot of traffic and higher vehicle speeds requires a greater level of protection for people on bikes. On busy streets, we have opted for protected kerbside bike lanes, with raised buffer zones that will provide kerbs to park against, step out onto and place rubbish and recycling bins. On quieter streets with less traffic and slower speeds, we have opted for simpler solutions such as painted bike lanes between parked cars and traffic, or sharrow road markings where bikes and cars can more easily share the road.
We are designing for the future and our aim is to provide another convenient transport option in the city. The streets we’re now putting forward will go a long way to creating a connected network in the eastern suburbs, starting with Kilbirnie. The NZ Transport Agency uses the AustRoads road engineering guidelines for how cycleways should be developed. These emphasise the importance of establishing a network of connected cycle routes first and foremost, and building to a high standard from the outset to encourage more people to cycle. With limited funding at this point the options for streets in Miramar, with the exception of Broadway (Miro Street to Strathmore shops), will be developed in 2019-2020.
We also have to ensure all of the bike-lane designs on these routes will work together, they will connect up from street to street to make journeys by bike as seamless as possible. Other considerations included the cost of putting in new kerbs and stormwater systems compared to retaining the existing kerbs.