Changes made to cycleway projects

A council graphic showing the proposed changes

Community feedback has prompted changes to a proposal to cul-de-sac two streets in Cambridge.

The proposal being considered as part of a project to build Cambridge’s first dual cycleway on Hamilton Road, was to cul-de-sac both sides of Grey Street and the south side of Hall Street where they meet Hamilton Road.

Following feedback last November, the streets will remain open for cars to exit on to Hamilton Road.
Waipā District Council group manager Dawn Inglis said concerns were raised around the effect the cul-de-sacs would have on traffic flow.

“This change will retain a one-way exit onto Hamilton Road on Grey and Hall streets which will help to mitigate congestion on other streets while also helping us achieve a low-speed environment needed to make these streets cycle friendly.”

Of the 70 residents who provided feedback, more than 58 per cent agreed with the proposal to cul-de-sac Grey Street and 69 per cent agreed with the same proposal for Hall Street.

Dawn Inglis said despite the support, Council felt it was important to adjust the plan to take into account the concerns raised by the community.

Once complete, the 2.8km dual cycleway will connect with several shared pathways and stretch from Victoria Street to the Avantidrome to service current residents and future residents in Cambridge’s C2 and C3 growth cells.

Construction will be carried out in three stages – the first from Bryce Street to Vogel Street starting in April. It is expected to take four months to complete.

Inglis said the project was one of a number in the pipeline to improve footpaths, cycleways and links to bus stops in Cambridge and across the district.

“We’ve been told by residents they would like us to provide better walking and cycling infrastructure to make Cambridge more connected and easy to access. This project is a first step towards that.

Plans for the project also include an upgrade of the zebra crossing on Hamilton Road with pedestrian traffic lights and additional safe crossing points on Bryce and Vogel streets.

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