Quite alot happens at the edges of our roads. Cars park there, cyclists ride there, buses stop there, broken glass accumulates, and children jump out into the traffic from there. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s more than possible that many of these functions might be able to be moved to another part of the road – how about the centre?
This is where the comparable great cities of the world – such as Invercargill and Melbourne lead the way.
Invercargill with centre road car-parking on The Crescent and Clyde Street
The wide boulevards of New Zealand’s most southern city enable the centre of some roads to accommodate parallel parking. Heaven for cyclists who fear for their lives when they pass roadside equivalents in Wellington.
Melbourne with tram stops along the centre of the road (cnr Elizabeth and Lonsdale Sts).
In Melbourne trams stop in the centre of roads (mind you they also have right-of-way). It works there, so why not here? Why can’t we re-design our roads so bus stops line the middle of streets.
It’s clear to me, as a commuter cyclist, that the morning weavings between bike and bus, alternating every bus stop, is just asking for trouble. So how about? Let’s take a bit of pressure of the busy roadside …