Sandy Bay Rd Stage 3 Complete
As Cycling South reports, community consultation for bike lanes on Sandy Bay Road, Hobart, started in November 2008. Over 8 years later, the third stage - from Lower Sandy Bay to the Taroona boundary - has been installed.
Stage 3 involved installation of pedestrian refuges, indented parking bays, road widening in sections, addition of footpaths and line marking to improve the road for everyone. The new line marking channels motor vehicles into a predictable line, making it easier for pedestrians to cross the road and for drivers to park or make turns from side streets. People cycling have been provided with space outside of the traffic lane in a dedicated bike lane which makes cycling more comfortable and traffic behaviour more predictable.
The new linemarking defines where people can park and where road users can expect walkers, riders and cars to be positioned on the road, improving safety for everyone. The new lanes, removal of some carparks, and widening of the road in spots, definitely increases the permitted space for riders and hence the sense of "subjective safety" for confident riders. Less confident riders are still permitted to ride on the footpath.
Before and After - a section of road widened, footpath added and bike lanes marked.
Before and After - Bike lanes marked, coming to Lower Sandy Bay shopping precinct.