We're making some changes along Claudelands Bridge over the next couple of months, to encourage motorists and people on bikes to share the road in a safe way, freeing up the narrow footpaths for pedestrians.
Check out the conceptual illustrations below to get an idea of what it will look like when the project is complete.
Things to look out for in these pictures:
- New segments of protected cycleway;
- 30kph speed limit (signs and painted on the road);
- 'Sharrow' (share arrow) road markings – these signal people on bikes can ride in the centre of the lane because it's too narrow to safely ride side-by-side with motorists;
- Speed tables – flat-topped and designed to reduce traffic speeds;
- New textured and coloured pattern on the road surface - a traffic calming device.
So, what's actually changing?
We'll be introducing segments of separated cycleway and some new road markings called 'sharrows' which will encourage safe sharing of the road. We'll also be installing infrastructure to support slower speeds and formally reducing the speed limit to 30kph.
What are 'sharrows'?
Why are we doing this project?
To make it easier for people to cross the Waikato River and connect with the centre of the city, especially those on bikes.
But why Claudelands Bridge?
It's a key passageway in and out of the city and used by over 12,000 vehicles a day and 600 people on bikes.
It's also used a lot by visitors to our city, many of whom attend events at Claudelands Arena but dine and stay in the city. Despite the bridge's heavy usage, the narrow footpath makes it challenging for pedestrians to safely share this space with people on bikes. We're committed to doing something about this.
When is the work happening?
The work is scheduled to begin in late August and take approximately six weeks.
What sort of disruption is anticipated while work is underway?
We know it's a busy bridge, especially at peak times, and we're committed to causing as little disruption as possible. We'll be starting work at the Victoria Street end of the Bridge and most of the work will be undertaken at night. The Bridge will need to be closed while the work is in progress at night and a traffic management plan will be in place to divert traffic. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project. Thanks for bearing with us - it's appreciated.
How can I find out more?