You may recall my post recently about how Auckland Transport installing cycle lanes on Upper Harbour Dr – which I use to ride to work sometimes – actually made the road less safe. This was because in the process of installing the cycle lanes AT removed the existing broken yellow lines (BYLs) and it resulted in drivers parking in the cycle lanes. In some case like the example below they even parked over the cycle lane marking
AT’s response to why the BYLs were removed is below.
Motorists are not allowed to stop, stand or park in a cycle lane, relevant section is 6.6 of the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004.
The requirements for marking cycle lanes are outlined in section 11.2 of the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004. A road controlling authority is not required to install broken yellow line markings to indicate that motorists should not park in cycle lanes. However, Section 12.1 (3) of the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004 does allow a road controlling authority to install broken yellow lines if it deems it necessary.
Some of the legacy Council’s choose to install broken yellow line markings in addition to the cycle lane markings and some did not. This resulted in inconsistencies across the region, in some cases customers believed that if the broken yellow lines were not present they were allowed to park in the cycle lane.
In order to address this issue the Traffic Control Committee issued a directive in December 2014 advising that broken yellow lines should no longer be installed in cycle lanes. Existing broken yellow lines would be allowed to fade and would not be remarked. The purposes of this directive was to try to move the region towards a consistent approach that customers could easily understand.
The Traffic Control Committee consists of the Manager Road Corridor Access, Manager Parking and Enforcement, and Manager Road Corridor Operations. Authority for passing resolutions under bylaws was delegated by the Auckland Transport Board of Directors to the Traffic Control Committee at its meeting of 26 October 2010.
My post was followed up by one by Barb Cuthbert at Cycle Action Auckland about the issue and also about how often cycle lane marking is not up to scratch being faded not re-instated properly after road maintenance.
Following these posts Barb and I were invited to a meeting at AT to discuss the issue. We discussed a number of issues and the outcome was AT would reconsider their position. The great news is that has now happened and they’ve advised us the following
Following our meeting two weeks ago we have agreed a process for ensuring cyclelanes in our network are fit for purpose and consistent. We will be requiring the following from now:
- setting a new standard for marking cycle lanes which mandates the use of broken yellow lines.
- requiring that for maintenance of streets that include cycle lanes, as well as construction of new cycle lanes, the cycle symbols are marked when the lane markings are done rather than waiting for the greening to be applied.
In order to bring the current network up to standard we will be:
- reviewing all cycle lanes to ensure the markings are correct and that they have all required resolutions.
- developing a priority list of cyclelanes to bring up to standard.
- requiring the above be implemented on lower priority routes when routine maintenance occurs.
To help imbed these changes once we complete our review and priority location treatment we will:
- run an information campaign.
- develop a more robust education and information campaign for construction of new cyclelanes.
- work with our Parking team to enforce priority cycle lanes.
In my mind this is an excellent outcome and well done to AT for listening. It will obviously take some time for these changes to be rolled out across the city but it will be good to have a clear directive going forward.