The Coutts Street route runs from Te Whiti Street to the shared path under the airport runway. There are two options for this section of road.

The impacts on bus stops, pedestrian crossings and driveways will be detailed in the next stage of design and available for feedback in November.

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Option A - Bike lane both sides of the road
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Why Option A?

This option improves on the existing layout by providing wider lanes for people on bikes. Traffic speeds will reduce due to narrower traffic lanes and this will improve safety. This is a compromised design, with minimum separation between parked cars and the bike lane. The footpath width remains at current width, unlike Option B. This option has a lower cost than option B, however the likely uptake by people on bikes is similar.

Impacts
  • Traffic lanes reduced in width from 3.6m to 3.0m

  • No changes to footpath

  • Where the bike lane is now, there will be no changes to parking

  • Likely uptake by people on bikes: Moderate increase

 

Option B - Kerbside bike path on both sides of the road

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Why Option B?

The kerbside bike path improves safety for people on bikes, and encourages less confident riders to use the route. This is a compromised design, with minimum separation between parked cars and the bike lane. Unlike Option A, this option requires the footpath to be narrowed on the south side of the road. This option has a higher cost than option A, however the likely uptake by people on bikes is similar.

Impacts
  • Traffic lanes reduced in width from 3.6m to 3.2m

  • Footpath on southern side reduced width from 3.5m to 2.5m

  • Where the bike lane is now, there will be no changes to parking

  • Bike lane protected by raised buffer
  • Likely uptake by people on bikes: Moderate to high increase

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