Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Christchurch Plans Copenhagen-Style Separate Cycleways HT @situpvancouver

Christchurch's push to become a premier cycling city is gaining momentum with ambitious plans for separating cyclists and motorists on busy routes. Ambitious new guidelines for the design of cycling facilities in Christchurch have been approved by the city council's environment and infrastructure committee and should get approval from the full council this month.

The guidelines map out how new cycleways should look and come as the council considers imposing a $20 levy on ratepayers to help pay for the proposed $70 million network. Research was done around the country and overseas before drawing up the guidelines, which are designed to ensure that network takes advantage of international best practice.

They recommend that major cycleways in busy urban areas should feature Copenhagen-style separated cycle paths and Dutch-style intersections with corner islands that keep cyclists and vehicles separate. In residential areas, the guidelines recommend the council use simple measures such as lower speeds, traffic restraints, way-finding, crossing treatments and landscaping to create neighbourhood greenways that are friendly for walking and cycling. Read more: Christchurch Cycleways Design Guidelines Approved | Stuff.co.nz

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