The tonkeness post proposed that cyclists should be taken off lower Adelaide Road and be moved onto the much quieter and better-connected Tasman Street.
Tasman St runs parallel to Adelaide, hosts a plethora of low-rise apartments and has attractive destinations at each end. Adelaide Road itself is busy with cars and busses, and leads to the Basin Reserve which is not a friendly road for cycling on.
The Key reason for suggesting Tasman St is that is is part of the Island Bay Cycleway and does not depend on the outcome of the Basin Flyover, Mt Vic Tunnel duplication or Bus Rabid Transit projects that the council are hoping to have sorted by the time Island Bay Cycleway is completed to Newtown.
So what’s the Tasman Street proposal?
Initially, bike lanes from the bottom of Adelaide Road to Rugby Street and Tasman Street would be a fantastic start. This guides cyclists away from the Basin and Arras Tunnel and can be acheived with paint and a few signs.
Longer-term, the entire length of Tasman Street could be turned into a Cycle-freindly street with the potential for a separated cycleway. The street is narrow which naturally promotes lower driving speeds and a greater awareness of pedestrians. It also has parking on both sides, so potential to use that parking space for more cycleway space exists in the future.
The Newtown end could have the traffic signals changed so that cyclists get priority when turning left off Adelaide road up to Tasman St, and possibly timed signals to let them continue right onto Tasman St. Same for people coming from John St. And for people coming from town, the opposite could apply.
At the other end of Tasman St, riders get to Pukeahu where they are then able to join Cambridge Tce, or continue down Tory, Taranaki or Cuba Streets.
To change Tasman St into a cycle-friendly street will require more consultation, design, paint, signage and willpower, however, there is no need for tardy and expensive infrastructure like bridges, so if approved, the changes could completed within a month or so.
What I propose for the Tasman Street Cycleway is shown in the Google Map below:
Island Bay Cycleway
The Island Bay Cycleway is being started from the Island Bay end because council wants to ‘wait and see’ what happens with the Basin Flyover – whether it goes ahead will depend on the final design and route of the cycleway.
The logic is completely flawed; its like building a power line from the user to the supplier; starting at a village and on the way connecting towns and cities before connecting to the power station. Building it this way will do nothing for commuting until all stages are complete. The proposed Tasman Street Cycleway does not depend on the Basin Flyover decision and provides cycling route from Newtown without having to wait for the entire Island Bay Cycleway to be finished, but could ultimately form part of it.
While the Councillors wait and watch the Basin Flyover result, and squabble over the Island Bay Cycleway in Island Bay (comments in this link are especially redneck), implementing this proposal would provide Newtown residents with a great excuse to start riding to work, sooner. Further, the changes to create the Tasman St cycleway are straightforward and provide a great opportunity for more cycling infrastructure development from Newtown.