Te Aroha St – add shared use path to Claudelands

The eastern end of Te Aroha St becomes Ruakura Rd, with an existing shared-use path linking to the Wairere Drive shared-use path network. To the west, the Claudelands shops (Te Aroha/Grey intersection) area is now much more people- and bike-friendly. Between these two intersections, Te Aroha St is a 50kmh road with painted on-road cycle lanes. This is fine for confident cyclists, but if we want the social, economic and safety benefits of having more people biking more often, we need to provide an option for people new to biking.

Te Aroha St has wide berms and side streets with low traffic volumes. The idea is to widen foot paths to 3.0m and build raised traffic tables across the entrances to side streets, the exception being Whyte St, which is the default route for traffic using Claudelands Bridge. Care is needed to make sure the street crossings are bike friendly: the focus of people new to biking should be on looking from side to side, and poor kerb cut downs at road crossings force them to focus down just at the time they should be checking for traffic.

For Hamilton to free up its transport network, the key is to increase the number of students walking/biking/scooting/skating to school. In the 1980s Hamilton Boys High School counted 143 school cyclists using the Argyle St entrance (24% of its students at the time). Te Aroha St is the link to the Argyle St school entrance.

Cycling in Hamilton Vol 1: Library Ref NZ 0711.7209931151HAM

Next week I will look at the Eastern Rail Trail option.

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