New Road Marking Trial - Sharrow

The ‘Sharrow’ marking trial has been in place on Hardy, Tasman and Brook Streets for several months. This is a national trial by the New Zealand Transport Agency and several other cities have also been taking part.

As a reminder, the ‘Sharrow’ marking resembles a standard cycle symbol supplemented with two chevron arrow markings. The distinctive stencil-style road marking has been used overseas to improve cyclist safety and promote better road sharing.

Driver and cyclist behaviour has been monitored during this time and now researchers want to hear from all road users. The Transport Agency wants to hear your views and discover what you believe the new roadmarking is for.

A short survey is being done in conjunction with the University of Canterbury and is available here: http://beam.to/cyclemarking_perception2014

By completing the survey, you can enter into a draw for a $50 supermarket voucher. To enter the draw, you must provide your personal contact details. Your personal details will be solely used for the draw and will not be connected to the survey responses. Survey results will not identify you personally.

Background

In 2012, the Road Controlling Authority (RCA) Research and Guidelines Steering Group agreed to establish a national cycling signs and markings working group. This new working group convened in 2012 and its membership contained a mix of Road Controlling Authorities throughout NZ.

This group agreed to undertake trials on a number of markings to further define a cycle lane, a shared lane and the safest route for cyclists.

The need for a shared lane marking within the NZ context has arisen due to the need to try and provide an additional 'toolbox' measure to help in the design of infrastructure. Internationally the use of shared lane markings has, on the whole, proved successful in improving safety, way finding and awareness of cyclist routes. The RCA working group identified 'sharrow markings' and 'supplementary cycle lane' markings for trial. Feedback from all road users regarding the trial is now being sought.