Middle Renwick Road (SH6) Cycle Lanes

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Middle Renwick Road (SH6) Cycle Lanes

Marlborough District Council and Marlborough Roads are proposing to install cycle lanes along Middle Renwick Road (State Highway 6) - from Murphys Road/Battys Road through to Westwood Business Park, Blenheim.

Public consultation closed on Monday 14 December 2020. The feedback is currently being reviewed.

We’ll take on board your feedback as we finalise the design, which may include some minor alterations to the final design.

Adding this section of cycle lanes is part of a ‘big picture’ to develop a safe, convenient and connected cycle network around Marlborough.

This project is funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Features

The following features are proposed:

  • 1.5 - 2.0 metre-wide cycle lanes, and a 0.4 metre painted buffer between the cycle lane and traffic lane
  • Removal of some car parking and the painting of yellow no-stopping lines (see further detail below)
  • Retaining existing car parking near Murphys Road / Battys Road roundabout
  • Removal of five street trees between Adams Lane and Rose Street to allow for indented car parking (see further detail below)
  • Widening of the existing footpath to a shared pathway between Severne Street and Westwood Ave
  • Minor alterations to existing islands at the Murphys Road / Battys Road roundabout, to encourage cyclists to take the lane when travelling through the roundabout.

Buffered Cycle Lanes

Buffered cycle lanes are a conventional cycle lane, with a 0.4 metre painted buffer between the cycle lane and the traffic lane.

Benefits of buffered cycle lanes:

  • Provides more separation between the bike rider and passing vehicles
  • Makes it easier for drivers to pass cyclists at a safer distance
  • Increases the perception of safety by having something between the rider and the traffic lane
  • Encourages people riding bikes to travel outside the door opening zone of parked cars

Buffered cycle lanes are used around New Zealand in cities such as Nelson, Palmerston North, Wellington and Auckland.

Parking

Weekday and weekend parking demand surveys have identified a current parking demand of 16 car park spaces.

Under the proposed project, 25 car parks would be retained, through retaining existing car parks near the Murphys Road/Battys Road roundabout, as well as constructing new indented car parks between Adams Lane and Rose Street. This comfortably exceeds the identified demand for parking.

Care has been taken to maximise parking provision while minimising tree removal, however the proposed indented car parking would require the remove of five street trees - two outside 174 Middle Renwick Road and three outside 169-173 Middle Renwick Road. (The Council plants 150 new street trees every year).

Image of street with no cycle lane Image of street with proposed cycle lane

To see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ views simply drag the arrow across the image.

Image of street with no cycle lane Image of street with proposed cycle lane

To see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ views simply drag the arrow across the image.

More details

Why are we building cycle lanes?

Surveys indicate there are about 100 cyclists using this stretch of road each day, including school students.

Between 2015 and 2019, there were 16 crashes on this section of road, with six involving cyclists. By creating a much safer urban cycle network in Blenheim, Council is confident cyclist numbers will increase.

This Middle Renwick Road (SH6) cycle lane project:

  • Gives people more safe and convenient transport options in and around Blenheim
  • Helps to achieve a connected network of cycle facilities in Blenheim
  • Adds a key link in Blenheim’s urban cycle network

Our vision is to create a safe, connected and convenient network of safe cycle routes around Marlborough. By doing so we aim to help make cycling a viable and enjoyable way to commute to and from work and school, to get around town, and for leisure.

You can see the long-term proposed cycle network by viewing Council’s cycle network maps and the Marlborough Walking and Cycling Strategy (2019-29).

Cycle Network Maps

Marlborough Walking & Cycling Strategy

Read about the benefits of investing in cycling in New Zealand communities on the NZTA website

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