Lanes for coastal pathway

PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Lanes will be marked to separate cyclists and pedestrians on the Christchurch Coastal Pathway.

The measures are needed, the Coastal Pathway Group said, as the path was attracting an increasing number of cyclists – peaking around 5pm

Chairman Scott Babington said outside that time, there were currently about 100 walkers and cyclists a day passing through Scott Park, “ which is the area most affected.”

He said on the whole, the two groups shared the pathway well, but it made sense to provide markings and signs informing users it was a shared space.

The New Zealand Transport Agency doesn’t impose a speed limit on shared pathways, but Mr Babington said they may need to consider introducing one.

“Especially with the advent of electric bikes which may use the pathway and are often very powerful and used by inexperienced cyclists.”

Shared paths are for “slower more relaxed travel,” according to the NZTA website.

“On a shared path you should put your e-bike in a low power setting and cycle at a speed consistent with other users so that it does not put others at risk or make them feel uncomfortable when you pass.”

CPG is working on a signage plan at the moment, which would be based on the one at Hagley Park.

“We have other measures (planned) such as different surfaces on the pathway to make the point to users that this is a shared pathway and if they want to cycle fast then there are the on-road cycle lanes to use.”

Mr Babington said there was standard shared pathway signage already but it was “very ugly and visually obtrusive and I think completely ineffective. So we are working with the council on better, more appropriate options.”

CPG committee member Janine Banbury said she was working with a designer to create pavement graphics and expected to have them finished by Christmas.

Redcliffs Residents Association secretary Pat McIntosh said they were in full support of putting better signage in place.

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