Changes made to cycleway project
Significant changes have been made to a proposal to cul-de-sac two streets in Cambridge following feedback from the community.
The proposal, which was being considered as part of a project to build Cambridge’s first ever dual cycleway on Hamilton Road, was to cul-de-sac both sides of Grey Street and the south side of Hall Street where they meet Hamilton Road.
Now, as a result of feedback received during consultation with residents in November last year, the streets will remain open for cars to exit on to Hamilton Road.
Waipā District Council group manager Dawn Inglis said that while the majority of feedback received from residents was supportive of the changes, there were some concerns raised around the effect the cul-de-sacs would have on traffic flow.
“There were some very valid concerns raised such as whether this change would result in more traffic on adjacent streets, and whether it would negatively impact local businesses operating on those streets.
“This change will retain a one-way exit onto Hamilton Road on Grey and Hall streets which will help to mitigate congestion on other streets while also helping us achieve a low speed environment needed to make these streets cycle friendly.”
Of the 70 residents who provided feedback, more than 58 per cent agreed with the proposal to cul-de-sac Grey Street and 69 per cent agreed with the same proposal for Hall Street.
Inglis said despite the support, Council felt it was important to adjust the plan to take into account the concerns raised by the community.
“The cycleway is going to be a fantastic asset to our community once it is complete. However, we do need to make sure it does not end up having a negative effect on those living around it.”
Once complete, the 2.8km dual cycleway will connect with several shared pathways and stretch from Victoria Street to the Avantidrome to service current residents and future residents in Cambridge’s C2 and C3 growth cells.
Construction will be carried out in three stages – the first from Bryce Street to Vogel Street starting in April 2021. It is expected to take four months to complete.
Inglis said the project was one of a number in the pipeline to improve footpaths, cycleways and links to bus stops in Cambridge and across the district.
“We’ve been told by residents they would like us to provide better walking and cycling infrastructure to make Cambridge more connected and easy to access. This project is a first step towards that.
“With the growth we are expecting in the near future, walking and cycling links will also be crucial to ensure Cambridge remains an amazing town to live, work and spend time in.”
Plans for the project also include an upgrade of the zebra crossing on Hamilton Road with pedestrian traffic lights and additional safe crossing points on Bryce and Vogel streets.
Over half of the project will be funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the remainder through development contributions and funds set aside in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.