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