Part of Myles Gazley’s proposal. Picture / Provided
A Wellington car dealership has presented an alternative proposal to a controversial cycle lane plan – which removes no parking.
Wellington City Council’s current plan includes the removal of 50 parks on Cambridge Terrace and a full traffic lane.
Gazley Motors’ Myles Gazley has engaged engineering consultants Spencer Holmes on the plan, which would see cycle lanes run down the central traffic islands between Cambridge and Kent Terraces.
He revealed the new proposal to Newstalk ZB Wellington Mornings host Nick Mills today.
In his proposal, he said the council’s current plan was “flawed” from a planning and economic perspective.
“A vast majority of the land and buildings on both streets make up the largest car retail and repair area in the greater Wellington area, representing brands making major inroads in decarbonizing the industry. towards electric vehicles,” he said.
“The council’s plan would prevent traffic from descending from Kent Terrace and turning through the two busy turning circles and into Cambridge Terrace, which would push car and truck delivery traffic around the basin reserve, which is one of the most congested areas in the city, creating dangerous chaos.
“There’s no need for all that stupidity.”
Gazley said the use of central traffic islands was the “most obvious design”.
The island was over 10 meters wide with 1.9m sidewalks on each side, he said.
The space was “underutilized” by pedestrians because there were already sidewalks on the terraces.
“Central Island sidewalks are already attached to the council’s proposed cycle route from the basin reserve.”
The Paneke Pōneke Cycle Network Plan, of which the Newtown Cycle Route is a part, will extend the existing 23 km of cycle paths through the capital to 166 km.
Gazley said it was “simple” to repurpose the islands and would require no major work other than curbs and walkways with signals between each island.
“It would bring cyclists right to the water’s edge,” he said.
“This proposal will not require the removal of parking lanes, traffic lanes or the closure of the two busy roundabouts between these busy roads…and will not require any cyclists [to be] endangered by oncoming traffic.
Gazley told Mills that the council’s current plan was “just crazy” and “didn’t make any sense.”
It also didn’t serve cyclists well and put them at risk, he said.
A letter to Gazley from Spencer Holmes confirmed that the option was permitted under the district plan.
“The option to put the bike path in the central island would seem the least disruptive of the available options and would give the city more time to transition to sustainable transportation options,” the letter states.
Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said council planners considered running the cycleways along the central islands but decided against it.
This would involve cyclists riding on trails and would mean crossing busy lanes to get to the island, he said.
The council felt it was easier to have cycle lanes along the streets.
The new proposal:
• Use central islands and parallel sidewalks as a new cycle path.
• Cut the curbs and put passage strips between traffic islands.
• Remove signs and traffic posts obstructing the two sidewalks.
• Reassign intersection signals to add crossing signals for bicycles.
• Fill in some of the small gardens at the end of the islands and pave the cycle paths.
• If necessary, add plastic separator strips to the outer edges of the roadway on both sides of the island to protect the bikes.