Key proposed upgrades

Raised crossings

Raised crossings provide a much safer crossing for people walking, cycling and using mobility devices by encouraging drivers to slow down when approaching them. 

International research has shown that raised crossings can reduce crashes resulting in deaths and serious injuries by up to 40%.

Protected cycle lanes

Protected cycle lanes involve a dedicated lane with a physical barrier (approx. 100mm high) that separates cyclists from lanes used by motorists, enhancing safety.

Protected cycle lanes feel safer for cyclists, and encourage participation. 

Note: In the United States, where the number of protected cycle lanes has doubled each year since 2009, it has been found that these facilities are strongly associated with fewer fatalities and better road safety outcomes for all road users. 

Shared paths

Paths are wider than normal footpaths and are intended to be used by pedestrians, cyclists, and mobility device users. They are also to be shared between small-wheeled devices, like bikes, scooters and skateboards.


Intersection improvements

These involve reducing pedestrian crossing distances and the speed of vehicles as they turn down sideroads, improving safety for all users.



In-lane bus stops

This is where a bus stops within a traffic lane, rather than pulling over into a bay and then rejoining. They allow for better access to the bus and reduce the risk of crashes for people both driving and cycling. While these would be new to New Plymouth, they are common in many larger centres across New Zealand.

Two-way protected cycle lanes

Two-way protected cycle lanes are only on one side of the road and allow people to cycle in both directions.