Cyclist tells of accident on SH2 at Petone, knocked off bike by car

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Wellington.Scoop
The Transport Agency and the police failed to report that Wednesday’s serious crash on SH2 at Petone involved a cyclist, who was taken to hospital with head injuries. But yesterday the cyclist contacted Wellington.Scoop to tell us how the accident happened, 50-60 metres before the Petone overbridge. He said:

The problem I had was that the car came into the cycle lane and hit me off my bike as he wasn’t concentrating on the road and was looking down at something.

He was riding on a cycle path which is not separated from other traffic. At that point of SH2 there is no separated cycleway. Another cyclist explained:

The existing offroad cycleway ends near Horokiwi, which is about 1km south of the Petone overbridge. Anyone foolish enough to use it heading north would end up having to ride up the side of the Hutt Road cycling against traffic. This sad state of affairs is the result of the Transport Agency scrapping the last km of the cycle path in order to increase the number of southbound lanes from two to three on the Hutt Road south of the overbridge.

The Transport Agency may well have been aware of this when it decided not to mention that a cyclist had been injured. Its reports said only that there would be long afternoon delays for northbound traffic because of the accident.

At first, said the Agency, the accident was partially blocking the left-hand lane northbound prior to the Petone off-ramp. Then at 12.15 it reported:
The left-hand lane northbound prior to the Petone off-ramp is now blocked due to the earlier crash. Expect delays.

And at 1pm:
Expect long delays northbound, the left-hand lane is expected to be closed for at least an hour. Take an alternate route if possible.

The road was cleared by 1.50pm, and police advised:
Due to the crash at 12noon, traffic between the Interchange and Petone was slow moving. As at 1:50pm the scene was clear and both lanes were open. There will be some delays and we ask drivers to be patient.

Like the Transport Agency, police failed to mention that the crash had injured a cyclist.

New cycleway has been “urgent” for six years

 

10 comments:

  1. Maximus, 28. August 2014, 7:11

    The crash was due, I presume, to the cyclist who was run over and nearly killed, when trying to use the cycle lane that crosses over the Petone off ramp. This is one of the most dangerous pieces of road in the city for any cyclist, and urgently needs redesign with a far better solution. Too many people have died at this junction – nobody wants more deaths there, and nobody wants more crash delays there either. Safer cycle ways now.

     
  2. Daniel, 28. August 2014, 8:51

    Looks like Transmission Gully has taken the lion’s share of regional funding at the expense of improving current roads. And we’ll be paying off the debt for the transmission gully for 25 years. No improvements to these local roads for 25 years?

     
  3. luke, 28. August 2014, 11:31

    The lack of a proper safe cycleway between the Hutt & Wellington is a huge gap in the region’s transport requirements. Talked about for years and nothing ever gets done. Just further studies & more talk.

     
  4. Lindsay, 28. August 2014, 17:40

    The Transport Agency, going shamelessly slowly, is taking five years to plan the cycleway between the Hutt and Wellington. Five years to plan it. No schedule in sight for building it.

     
  5. Maximus, 28. August 2014, 22:39

    I recall that recently the NZTA were planning a large concrete bridge in the Wellington region. They noted that while it would have little to no effect on the time for people getting to the airport, they were happy to provide it for the people of Wellington as it would have a beneficial effect on the public transport spine and the pedestrians and cyclists.

    Perhaps the NZTA will now propose to spend just a fraction of that money on constructing a safe, separated, cycle off-ramp from the Hutt Road, to stop further people dying. Mr Blackmore?

     
  6. Peter, 29. August 2014, 13:41

    Hi Maximus, Peter here. I’m the guy who got ran over, it was 50-60 metres before the cross over. The problem i had was that the car came into the cycle lane and hit me off my bike as he wasn’t concentrating on the road and was looking down at something. But good comments on the danger of the cycle way, cheers and thanks

     
  7. Maximus, 29. August 2014, 16:01

    Peter, thank goodness that you are alright, very glad to hear that. It’s a death trap along there, and especially near the intersection. You’re obviously in good enough condition to write a coherent email – so would you be able to answer a question? It’s not accusative at all, but merely inquisitive – why did you not use the notional roped off “cycle-way” along the sea edge? I don’t have the guts to ride along the actual roadway that you do, but if i was to ride out to Petone, i think i would take the safe route along the shore – though i suspect it is too full of traffic debris like stones and glass to be an enjoyable route to use – would that be right?

     
  8. cyclist, 29. August 2014, 18:40

    @Maximus that “cycleway” is completely useless if you’re heading north as it ends near Horokiwi, which is about 1km south of the Petone overbridge. Anyone foolish enough to use it heading north would end up having to ride up the side of the Hutt Road cycling against traffic.

    This sad state of affairs is the result of the NZTA scrapping the last km of path in order to increase the number of southbound lanes from two to three on the Hutt Road after the overbridge.

     
  9. luke, 30. August 2014, 6:34

    That should have never been allowed to happen. Seems the simple fix would be to reduce the traffic lanes back to two and re instate the cyclelane.

     
  10. Nick, 12. September 2014, 12:52

    If you’ve ever tried to use the cycleway it’s no more than a dangerous gully trap for the road, which means rocks, glass, dirt etc are all washed into it. The support for the signage for the road has been built into it, and during rain parts are four inches deep in water. It’s only good if you have a decent mountain bike or if you’re running.

    I cycle beside the road even going South as it’s actually less dangerous than using the cycleway.

     

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