Photo of the day: contractor placing sign on cycleways. There’s no two ways about it, this sign is on a bike lane – it’s right there in green, with a white bike in it, but obscured by a road cone and sign stand, on both sides of the road. Is the cone there just to completely block the cycleway and force cyclists into traffic?
On a weekend when recreational cyclists use the road and form an opinion on whether they might like to cycle to work, it’s things like this – being forced into traffic even for a short time – that could be the dealmaker.
It’s these small things we need to sort before cycle infrastructure is taken seriously – putting the sign there is not only dangerous by forcing the cyclist into the faster vehicle traffic, but also gives a message that bikes are underlings, that cars have overarching priority and bikes come a distant second.
But it isn’t hard to sort out – move the sign a metre to the left and you’re done – just place the sign considerately. I mean that if it was a road without the bike line, I suspect the sign wouldn’t have been placed that far into actual traffic – heaven forbid, cars could be scratched or something.
What could we do? Maybe council simply produces some rules or guidelines for contractors to be more aware when working around cycle lanes, like putting signs to the left of them and really consider if they need the space before closing a bike lane to do work, like in the photo below.
Stuff like this really is a no-brainer and is just one small thing that could make life a bit easier for cyclists and change people’s perception of riding around Wellington.