Thanks heaps for all the feedback we got from commuting cyclists using the NW Cycleway at Te Atatu.
Your practical advice and request for more protection on the diversion route has been taken on board by Fulton Hogan. Their goal is to have the diverted routine working for your morning commute on Monday morning.
Most importantly, they have put a temporary protected cycle lane in place already on Royal View Rd. If you get a chance, check out the markers in the weekend to see what has been done to prevent cars from encroaching onto the new lane.
How does the message below from Fulton Hogan’s Project Manager for Lincoln Rd and Te Atatu sound to you?
Read below –
“We believe we have a workable solution to assist your members at the Royal View Rd intersection during our detour.
We have moved the centre line of the Royal View rd south slightly for approx the last 50m to Te Atatu Rd to create a little more room on the northern side to create a cycle lane of around 1m+ wide. This lane now has some of the “safe hit posts” glued to the road to delineate the lane. Cyclists going to the city in the morning will travel in this cycle lane with the flow of traffic and using the ramp at the kerb at the intersection will get on to the current access road / footpath that will take them to the signalised intersection where they currently cross Te Atatu Rd to go to the City. When cars queue this will give them space to go past
On their way home at night they will follow the reverse route to Royal View Rd and then get into the dedicated cycle lane facing any oncoming vehicles (should be few at the afternoon time) and then they can cross the road at any point on to the left side of the road to head west with the flow of any vehicles.”
We’re impressed by Fulton Hogan’s respect for the needs of cyclists on this vital route – shown by their quick action to take on board our feedback. We want to help them get the diversion underway, as it means it’s one more step to bring the upgraded permanent cycleway nearer.
Please respond in the next 24 hours with your comments, so we can give Fulton Hogan the ‘all systems go’ for Monday morning !