Cobham Drive safer speed the futures is getting closer

The 2013 ‘Transport Modelling Report for Southern Links’ stated that ‘The lowering of the speed limit and speed operating environment on Cobham Dr from 80km/h to 60km/h has positive benefits … with improved road safety’ (see image at end of post). The Cobham Drive Bridge provides a never-ending example of why the present high speed is unsafe.

Normal crash damage to Cobham Bridge, which gets repaired every few mouths

Even though there is a shared use path alongside Cobham Dr by Hamilton Gardens and through Yendell Park, the narrow entrance to the bridge path is uncomfortable and the over-growth alongside the narrow path on the Melville side (and Dillicar park side) of Cobham Drive forces many higher speed long-distance commuter cyclists on to the road. These cyclists are just like car drivers; they take the fastest and most direct route, even though it does not look safe to a person new to biking.

Normal morning hospital staff commuter

A search of the Waikato Times gives the history of the type of crashes happening along Cobham Drive:

 These are just a few. Living near this corner I have seen many more. So it makes sense that Hamilton City council supports NZTA in lowering the speed limit on Cobham Drive

It took over a year for Waka Kotahi (NZTA) to thank Hamilton City Council for support in lowering the speed limit, but it did not actually do anything.

The key issue is that the posted 80 km per hour speed limit is more than double the design speed of the 35 km per hour bridge corner. If we want to reduce the endless crashes on the bridge corner, the posted speed limit should be closer to the design speed.


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Claudelands to the City centre is going to get better

Walking and cycling from Claudelands Event Centre to the City is going to get better. Pedestrians are getting more space and one less crossing, with the Heaphy Terrace/Brooklyn Rd slip lane being reprioritised for people. The minimalist/token pedestrian island will be gone, and cyclists will have more separation through the intersection.

Claudelands intersection upgrade – Infrastructure Operation meet page 275

The improvements also provide a better walking/biking experience to and from the Te Aroha Street shops. The raised traffic table on the image below looks to be there to encourage cyclists to do right turns with pedestrians and ride directly to the city using the Grey St/Claudelands Rd slip lane, as there is no greening at the front of the vehicle right-turn lane.

Claudelands intersection upgrade – Infrastructure Operation meet page 274

For pedestrians using O’Neill St, River Rd is to have a light-controlled crossing, and shortened crossing distances for O’Neill St west. Looking at the O’Neill St narrowing, we see impermeable road surfaces being returned to permeable grass areas, which is something that needs to happen more often.

I have also updated my map, showing how permeable the area is for biking between the University and the City centre.


Added to my map are Tristram St because of the proposed Dutch roundabout where it crosses Collingwood St, and Victoria St with its safer speeds and green sharrows.

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