Pedestrian crossings with a difference in Tauranga

An example of a shared crossing in Christchurch.

Pedestrians and cyclists in Arataki will be able to use Tauranga’s first shared crossings from Monday.

The new crossings are at the intersections of Links Avenue, Concord Avenue and Farm Street.

Each of the four new shared crossings includes a green painted section that people can ride across without needing to get off their bikes.

People in vehicles must give way to anyone who is riding across these shared facilities, just as they would give way to people on the standard zebra crossings.

Tauranga City Council’s Manager of Network Safety and Sustainability, Martin Parkes, says people will see more of the new crossings in future.

“Another two shared crossings will go in along Ngatai Road as part of safety upgrades underway in that area. It shows the council is serious about making it safer and easier for more people to get around the city.”

The council’s Travel Safe team will be onsite during the first week to help people get used to the new layout.

“It’s a change for Tauranga but we expect people will get used to them fairly quickly. If you’re driving, you should approach this crossing as you would a normal pedestrian crossing and give way to anyone using it," says Martin.

"For cyclists, you don’t need to get off your bike to cross the road, although you still need to stop and check both ways.”

The shared crossings in Arataki are part of a safety upgrade at the staggered intersections of Links Avenue, Concord Avenue and Farm Street.

The safety improvement work has included widening existing pathways and building two small roundabouts that are low to the ground so that buses can drive over them when turning.

“We’re getting these important safety improvements finished in time for the start of the new school year.

"This project has been much anticipated by the community as it’s a very busy area and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to choose to walk and bike with confidence.”

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Utter madness

Posted on 01-02-2020 15:27 | By Duegatti

I wonder who will be the first driver prosecuted because he was unable to stop for a cyclist who just barged into his path without warning?

Accident waiting to happen

Posted on 31-01-2020 01:52 | By sambro

The close calls I’ve had with cyclists just appearing from nowhere and zooming across crossings is scary. They are biking along and suddenly decide to take the crossing, especially kids. It’s too unpredictable. It’s a "pedestrian" crossing. Get off your bikes and wheel it across. BE SAFE !!

Waste of Money

Posted on 30-01-2020 22:17 | By Yadick

What a complete waste of money. More road markings to distract and confuse people. Very few cyclists use crossings. Most of them just veer out of the suicide lane and across the road. Primary school kids and elderly tend to use them but, as they should, they walk their bikes across so why do we need yet another crossing at a crossing. Our roads are getting absolutely ridiculous. At Memorial Park the posted speed limit is 20kph but when you get to the speed humps in the 20kph each speed bump has a 25kph compulsory sign so I can actually speed up to go over the humps in a 20kph zone. Our roads chaotic enough with idiots without adding more potential death traps.

Accident waiting to happen

Posted on 30-01-2020 15:29 | By Taffy

Martin Parkes says "for cyclists you don,t need to get off your bike to cross the road although you still need to stop and check both ways." I will hazard a guess that quite a few will just cycle out without stopping .

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