The Totara Street footpath is now approved for people to cycle on. People who ride along Totara Street are advised to share the footpath instead of riding on the road.
The Totara Street cycle lanes will have their official status revoked. Painted bicycle symbols will be removed from the cycle lanes but edge lines and intersection markings will remain for people who choose to ride with general traffic.
These are temporary changes to provide an immediate, safer option so people can travel by bike along Totara Street without riding alongside general traffic and heavy vehicles. The on-road cycle lanes were narrower than the recommended standard.
The changes apply between Hewletts Road and Kawaka Street (just north of Dominion Salt). Tauranga City Council has classified the footpath along that section as a shared path. The on-road cycle lanes will remain between Kawaka Street and Rata Street.
Signs will direct people to ride on the footpath. The footpath is 1.5m wide and needs to be shared with care and consideration for other people. Please take extra care at entrances where vehicles enter and exit.
As a medium-term safety option the council is proposing to build a 3m wide shared path between Hewletts Road and Kawaka Street and provide a separated two-way cycleway between Kawaka Street and Rata Street, linking to Coronation Park. Read more about the shared path proposal.