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Proposed College Street cycleway upgrade

Wednesday May 2 2018

Council is making changes to improve cycle facilities on College Street from Maxwells Line to Albert Street to provide connected, consistent and safe facilities that encourage cycling, particularly for school pupils.

Last week, draft conceptual plans and information about possible changes to the layout of the street were posted to College Street residents.

A public meeting is being held at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, 7pm, Tuesday 8 May for affected residents and the public.

Mayor Grant Smith, Councillors and Council transportation staff will explain the conceptual plan and proposed parking arrangements with a particular focus on the proposed changes between Botanical Road and Batt Street.

Given the competing demands for road space, Council has to strike a balanced solution that addresses prioritising vehicle and cycle lanes, while still providing a safe distance between cyclists, parked cars and moving traffic.

A mix and balance of regulating traffic speed, developing buffered cycle lanes and provision of indented parking has been suggested.

“It’s important we get the balance right. Palmerston North has a strategy for being the best place to ride a bike in New Zealand, in order to achieve this we’ll be improving our urban cycling facilities across the city. But it’s also about ensuring residents have on-street parking options too. We have been listening to feedback and the public meeting will be a good ‘open forum’ to share ideas and thoughts,” Mayor Grant Smith says.

The city’s bike forum had identified College Street as a primary route as it links directly to three schools and many city amenities.

Conceptual plans and further information on the upgrade can be found online at pncc.govt.nz/collegestreet

Photo shows group of school pupils wearing helmets and riding bikes.

We want to encourage more children to ride bikes to school.