More Cycle Stop Boxes at Intersections

21 January 2014

Expect to see a lot more green on central city streets over the next few months as we work to make busy intersections safer for cyclists.

Cyclist in cycle stop lane on road.

While we’re proposing to triple the amount we spend on cycling in the coming financial year from $1.3 million to $4.3 million, we’re getting on with the job of making Wellington a more cycle-friendly city by installing more green skid-resistant waiting areas (advanced cycle stop boxes) at traffic lights.

These road markings give cyclists a safer place to wait where they can be easily seen by drivers and also help them to trigger the traffic lights when there are no vehicles around.

Cyclists can activate the detector in the road by positioning their wheel over the row of little white painted diamonds.

Our aim is to have stop boxes at almost all signalised intersections in the central city by the end of March. The next step will be to put in lead lanes – narrow green lanes about 850mm wide and 10–12 metres long – to give cyclists a clear way to get through traffic to the waiting areas and provide another visual reminder to drivers to watch for cyclists.

Council City Networks Manager Stavros Michael says the lanes assist cyclists to get ahead of traffic queues and, along with the stop boxes, make it easier and safer to negotiate busy intersections.

Trial lead lanes are being installed in Whitmore and Molesworth streets and staff will be monitoring these over the next few months and talking with cyclists and the NZ Transport Agency to determine what works best.

”Most of our roads aren’t wide enough to have more than one lead lane – so we need to work out the most useful and safest place to put them,” he says.

You may notice a difference with the new road markings. We’re using a textured product called Rockbind wherever we can. The skid-resistant paint that is being used at other intersections will be replaced with the more expensive product when these intersections are resealed over the next two years.

To let us know your thoughts on the trial lead lanes, email cycling@wcc.govt.nz.