Hastings District Council will remove metal bollards designed to enhance safety on Havelock Rd's cycling and walking path - nine months after the wife of a councillor had to go to hospital after falling on to one.
Judy Bradshaw, the wife of Havelock North councillor Wayne Bradshaw, broke several bones and spent two weeks in hospital following an accident involving one of the bollards in January.
Mrs Bradshaw, a keen cyclist, fell off her bike while riding home when her front wheel hit the lip of the concrete curb as she left the road and rode on to the path.
She landed on the bollard, breaking three ribs, fracturing her pelvis, nose and shoulder.
The accident prompted the council to concrete over the curb lips on the roadway, and it commissioned a review into safety issues on the path.
The bollards were installed where the cycle and walking path crosses driveways and were an attempt to reduce the risk of accidents involving vehicles crossing the path. Ironically, Mr Bradshaw had spoken of his concerns that the bollards could be a hazard when they were first installed in 2012, at a cost of about $28,000.
The bollard safety audit, along with a peer review of its findings, was tabled at a Hastings District Council meeting on Thursday. The audit's recommendation that the bollards be removed from the centre of the path was approved by councillors.
The removal, plus new paint markings to better highlight driveways and foliage removal to improve visibility for walkers, cyclists and drivers, will cost about $10,000.
The Bradshaws said yesterday that they were pleased the bollards were going to be removed.
Mrs Bradshaw, who was off work for two months after the accident, said she still suffered pain as a result of her injuries and had an appointment next month with an orthopaedic surgeon for an assessment on possible surgery on her shoulder.
She said the council decision to remove the bollards was "the best thing that could have happened".
"I know it was an accident, but in hindsight it was possibly an accident waiting to happen," Mrs Bradshaw said.
"I've ridden my mountain bike down there a few times since and you keep looking at them.
"It's like a magnet, it just seems to draw you to them. Other people have said the same thing, you just seem to gravitate towards them," she said.
"They're pretty solid things to crash into and I don't think they're necessary at all.
"There had to be a better way of indicating driveways."
Mr Bradshaw said he was pleased with the safety audit work commissioned by the council, which had been very comprehensive.
"All I can say is, thank God common sense has prevailed," he said.
"I'd hope that if I hadn't been a councillor the outcome would have still been the same."