One-way separated cycleways along both sides of the road
This option makes it easier for people on bikes to connect into other streets and other bike paths. It is the better option for less confident bike riders as people on bikes are travelling in the same direction as vehicles.
It’s a more expensive option because twice the infrastructure is needed to provide the physical barrier between the bike path and the vehicle area, and it also requires more road width.
To make this option work along Golf Road and Grenada Street, most of the car parking along both sides of the road would need to be removed. (There are some places along Grenada Street where the car parking on one side could be retained.)
Two-way, separated cycleways on one side of the road only
This option means there are bikes being ridden in both directions along the same cycleway. It provides for better flow along the bike path during peak hours because there is more space for people on bikes to pass each other (assuming most are travelling in the same direction). This option is more cost effective because it only requires one physical barrier between the bike path and the vehicle area, and it also requires less road width.
People riding on the inside of the cycleway will be moving in the opposite direction to oncoming vehicles. There is a physical barrier to separate people from the cars, but the barrier is not a solid wall.
This option requires drivers to be more careful and look for people who are riding from the opposite direction to normal traffic flow.
Car parking along one side of the road would need to be removed. (In some places along Grenada Street, parking on both sides of the street will need to be removed.)
We’re proposing to trial some separated cycleways along Golf Road and Grenada Street
This is one of our Arataki bus and bike improvements to help make it safer and easier for people to travel between Sandhurst Drive and Golf Road.
Why separated cycleways?
There are increasing levels of congestion in this area that is making it unsafe for the high numbers of children and adults using bikes. The Tauranga Cycle Plan also identifies this area as a priority for providing safer options for school children and adults biking around and through the area.
Tauranga Cycle Plan
Feedback we received about the Tauranga Cycle Plan confirmed that most people want us to provide bike paths that are physically separated from traffic. These types of bike paths have been installed successfully in other cities in New Zealand but are new to Tauranga.
Concepts for different options are currently being prepared. Consultation with directly affected parties will be undertaken in early 2019, with detailed design and construction planned for 2019.