Safety concerns have been raised over Wanaka’s new lakefront boardwalk after cyclists were seen cycling along the narrow boardwalk instead of walking.
The new boardwalk was officially opened on Monday, October 11. Mayor Jim Boult and Wanaka Community Board chairman Barry Bruce marked the end of construction of the third stage of the council’s lakefront redevelopment but the signage had yet to be installed.
Council spokesman Sam White said the signage would include both informative and cultural signage, as well as signs advising cyclists to dismount before accessing the boardwalk and asking people to protect the grebes by keeping their dogs on a lead.
On the weekend, Steve Hiller, of Dunedin, was cycling from town along the lakefront towing a child carrier cycle trailer when he came to a fork and had to choose between riding on the boardwalk or riding up to the street.
With no signage, Mr Hillier started to ride along the boardwalk.
“I made a mistake, I did not know this was a walking path.
“They need to sign it better, it is really ambiguous as to whether it is a walking trail or a cycling trail along here,” Mr Hillier said.
The third stage of the Queenstown Lakes District Council redevelopment included a shared wider pathway for pedestrians and cyclists stretching from Bullock Creek to the Marina on Lakeside Road.
The narrower boardwalk along the edge of the lake featured seating benches, separate viewing areas and sharp zig-zag bends.
Mr White could not give a date for when the signage would be installed.