Eltham/Beaver Road Cycle Link

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Eltham/Beaver Road Cycle Link

Background

The Eltham/Beaver Road Cycle Link Project is a 1.5 km route that will improve and formalise a north-south walking and cycling route between Taylor River and southern neighbourhoods. This (partially) separated cycle link will offer a safer cycle route for the more than 500 students that attend Whitney Street School, Bohally Intermediate and Marlborough Girls' College. It will also encourage more people to cycle to the Taylor River Reserve Path to reach the town centre and other destinations in the area.

Funding

This project is funded through the Urban Cycleway Programme (UCP) for Blenheim, along with the extensions to the Spring Creek shared path and the Taylor River Path. The Urban Cycleways Programme comprises of a shared investment from the Urban Cycleways Fund, the National Land Transport Fund and local councils. The UCP enables high-value urban cycling projects to get underway around the country, while improving safety and supporting more connected cycle networks.

Eltham Road two-way cycleway

This section of the cycleway operates as a two-way separated cycleway exclusively for people on bikes.

Tips for using a two-way cycleway:

  • People on bikes should keep left and alert other users before passing them.
  • People on bikes have right of way on a two-way cycleway, however as always be aware of vehicles using driveways.

Beaver Road and Carr Street neighbourhood greenway

This section of the cycleway operates as a neighbourhood greenway, incorporating low speed limits to create a more pleasant cycling environment.

Tips for using a neighbourhood greenway:

  • People on bikes are encouraged to take their place in the traffic lane, especially along narrow sections and around parked vehicles.
  • People on bikes should move to the left to allow vehicles to pass when there is room to do so safely.

‘Sharrow' or share arrow’ road markings are there to remind drives they should expect to see people on bikes riding further out in the traffic lane.

Sharrows – Tip for people on bikes

  • Sharrows are used to encourage people on bikes to take their place in the traffic and ride further towards the centre of the lane.
  • More information on riding in traffic and 'taking the lane' is in the New Zealand official code for cyclists.

New Zealand official code for cyclists

Sharrows – Tip for drivers

  • Sharrow road markings are there to remind drivers they should expect to see people on bikes riding further out in the traffic lane.
  • Drivers should slow down and wait until they can pass safely.

Sharrows research

A 2014 trial, carried out in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency, found that more bicycle riders moved position to take the lane when sharrows were marked on the road.

A reduction in vehicle speeds at many trial sites was also recorded. This is important because lower speeds will improve safety for everyone.

The trial was held in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Palmerston North and Nelson.

Read the full report on the NZTA website

Public consultation

Community consultation was held in July 2017 and included a letter drop to local residents and a drop-in meeting at Whitney Street School. The general public and residents were invited to make a submission and submit feedback on the proposed designs.

For other enquiries on the project please contact:

Braden Prideaux, Bike Walk Marlborough Coordinator
Phone: 03 577 8855 ext. 5
Email: Braden Prideaux