Kuranui Bluff Jeopardises Life & Limb
Monday, February 29, 2016 at 4:42PM
Bill Barclay

Th bluff at Kuranui has jeopardised the life of cyclists and motor-cyclists for years, but apart from recognise the danger, nothing has been done. 

The law forbids riding the footpath - even the new stretch. The sea and rocks stand ready to receive unfortunates who venture inches cloiser than they should to the edge. The road is narrow and now has at some points a 70cm drop into a concrete gutter that will eventually overturn a mussell, or timber B-Train. 

Recent renovations and now pipe thrusting have done nothing to improve the situation, and for some reason, a satisfactory solution remains as elusive as ever. The stretch from the beach carpark to the Yacht Club remains an enigma and eventual killer.

I ventured into Public Forum at the Community Board today in order to lay out my fears arsing from my recent compulsory conversion to the ranks of peddlers, or 'road maggots' as we are often termed in less polite blogging circles. I received a good hearing, and I have every reason to believe  that steps may be taken to examine the costs and difficulty of possible solutions. 

The most obvious in order to avoid dangerous road crosssings is for the building of a board-walk attached to the wall over part or all of the distance. I have no idea what this would cost, but it would be considerable. Before departing, I heard it suggested that the proposed Economic Development Fund may be able to be applied to the purpose - wouldn't that be wonderful, and I could withdraw all my criticism of the fund below.

The rationale would be the improvement to Thames facilities and tourism attractions, but it is highly unlikely in view of the likely demand for access to the fund. In my books, it should be a Transit NZ responsibility, with local assistance, but convincing that tight-fisted outfit will be extremely difficult. Of course, if someone were killed tomorrow, their attitude would change pretty dammed quickly. Any volunteers? 

We simply should not have to wait until that occurs. The problem is that whereas most of us simply ignore the law in regard to cycling on the new concrete section, tourists are not aware of it, and find themselves jammed into the few inches of free-board at certain sections. If they have panniers, and meet one or two B-Trains, the potential for disaster is obvious. 

Today's meeting considered three late entry projects for the Annual Plan including two pedestrian refuges on Queen St., and a Northern Exit from Danby Field. For the life of me I cannot see how any of these warrant priority ahead of a 'fix' for Kuranui Bluff.  I did not stay for later discussion, but trust that my submission was given adequate attention when the Roading Update Report was considered.




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