Claudelands Bridge

​​​​​We've made some changes to the road layout along Claudelands Bridge to encourage motorists and people on bikes to share the road in a safe way and strengthen the connection between the central city and the eastern suburbs.

The key changes include:

  • New cycle lanes protected by concrete separators​;
  • A reduction of the speed limit to 30km/hr;
  • New green road markings called 'sharrows' (share arrows) – 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;
  •  Raised speed platforms – flat-topped and designed to reduce traffic speeds; and
  •  Textured teal bands of colour on the road surface - these help to create a distinctive road environment that supports slower speeds.

​​​​Concept 1 - shows a view heading east from the intersection of Claudelands Road with Grey Street.​
Concept 2 - shows a view approaching Claudelands Bridge heading west into the city centre. 

Concept 3 - shows a view from the western end of Claudelands Bridge approaching Victoria Street.

What are 'sharrows'? 

​​​Sharrows (meaning 'share arrows') are a road marking in the form of a cycle symbol with two chevrons above it.  They indicate that people on bikes are entitled to ride in the middle of the traffic lane. They are an internationally recognised road symbol and have been successfully adopted by several other cities across New Zealand.  They are typically used on streets where it is too narrow or dangerous for a vehicle and a bike to comfortably travel side-by-side.

Why did we do this project? 

To make it easier for people on bikes to cross the Waikato River and connect with the centre of the city. The project is guided by the Council's Access Hamilton Strategy and was identified as a key route in the Hamilton Biking Plan.

How can I find out more?

​​Get in touch with us at bikehamilton@hcc.govt.nz
Page reviewed: 15 Oct 2019 5:00pm