My post yesterday about the hot mess that is the proposed Tamaki-Ngapipi intersection resulted in a lot of discussion, especially around the design and the role consultants play. Reader George who is also an engineer decided he could come up with a better design and posted it on twitter last night. He says that the design fits well within the proposed reclamation.
To me this is a vastly superior solution and one that caters for for all users. Compared to the official version:
- People in vehicles appear to be no less inconvenienced, there are still exactly the same number of lanes.
- For those on bikes, whether squeezed into lycra or just out for a cruise with the kids, it appears to be considerably safer and offers more options, such as only having one crossing to contend with to turn right onto Ngapipi
- For those on foot also benefit, especially on the northern side where the cycleway is more defined and so less sharing is needed.
Perhaps the only thing that is needed is to ensure the cycleway on the northern side is wide enough for bi-directional movement for those who do use the current (sub-standard) shared path.
As a reminder, here is what AT propose
I guess the focus of the resource consent AT are currently pursuing is the reclamation and as such I hope the actual design of the intersection can improve within that new wider footprint. Regardless it would be good to have a high quality design right from the get go.
So what do you say AT, how about going back to the drawing board and pursuing an idea like this as the base option.