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Riding the newly opened Civic Cycle Loop. Parts 1 and 2

By johnboy 25 March 2013 53

I was summonsed this noon to the opening of stages 1 and 2 of the Civic Cycle Loop.

So with all the good will in the world I left the official ceremony to try out the new paths.

The above video I think speaks for itself. I solemnly swear I did not stage any of the difficulties encountered.

Most troublesome is the one way nature of paths on the side of the road. For most cyclists it’s going to be quicker and easier to stay bouncing between the footpaths and the road. Especially as turning right from these paths across both roads and the opposed cycle path takes a very long time.

I’ll leave it for keen eyed viewers to note what’s involved.

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Innovation 6:00 pm 10 Jul 13

Bump. I used part of this loop today riding anticlockwise. It certainly has flaws. A van crossing on Moore Street cut me off and a car turning left onto University Avenue nearly clipped me and had to stop at the last second. These intersections would be better if the cycle paths were raised and drivers had to drive over the raised crossings.

KB1971 8:47 pm 26 Mar 13

Dragonfly said :

Watch this one to the end

Hehehe, Johnboy could have done something similar……..

zippyzippy 8:20 pm 26 Mar 13

tim_c said :

Tell me these guys weren’t the inspiration for this new cycleway?!

Yep, we got a better outcome than this “valpraiso cycle loop”.

enrique 8:11 pm 26 Mar 13

Those bumpy bits on Rudd Street are bloody ridiculous.

The family and I rode along there a couple of Sunday’s ago with a toddler in the back (i.e. one of those baby seats that sits up above the back wheel)… the poor kid almost bounced out of the seat and was suitably unimpressed.

Up-down-up-down-up-down… what’s the point!

It’s the most uncomfortable bike ‘lane’ I’ve ever been on.

On the upside, it will be much more interesting riding around town on a mountain bike now 😉

Agree with ABC129… they should have left the entire stretch at street level with a simple concrete divider.

Have a look at some of these for what they should of done…

I shouldn’t be surprised really though should I… bloody ridiculous, not thought out road designs are the norm around these parts.

Growling Ferret 7:12 pm 26 Mar 13

Used the Marcus Clarke St bit today.

Summary – going south from Barry Dr – I guess you are meant to cross at Bunda St lights?

Going north is fine, but I still think its quicker to go down the Uni st whatever that is.

Overall – I think the meandering nature of the path has the intent of slowing people down to an acceptable shared space speed. The big Express Bus stop near the childcare centre is going to have plenty of pedestrians and cyclists run into each other…

Slightly OT – is the work on Ellenborough St near Yowani an extension of the on road cycle lane and completing the missing 100m?

Dragonfly 4:12 pm 26 Mar 13

Watch this one to the end

KB1971 1:49 pm 26 Mar 13

tim_c said :

Tell me these guys weren’t the inspiration for this new cycleway?!

One of my fav vids evar!

patrick_keogh 1:42 pm 26 Mar 13

gooterz said :

I’m surprised they don’t tunnel under northborne to make either a pedestrian and car crossing to solve the problem of a divided Civic centre.

Doing it the other way up would be more expensive but would make more sense. The idea of making the last two blocks of Northbourne two-level would certainly remove a lot of congestion. Traffic bound for Commonwealth Av would use a tunnel from around the Barry Drive intersection, under City Hill to join Commonwealth Avenue. Vernon Circle could be entirely removed. North bound traffic would pop up at the same place, with an exit for London Circuit anticlockwise.

The surface traffic on Northbourne would then only be local traffic, and wouldn’t need to be three lanes in each direction, making life easier for pedestrians and local traffic. There would even be more space for the light rail terminal. City Hill would be much more accessible and through traffic would avoid at least three sets of traffic lights

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