50 KM/HR ZONE ALL THE WAY FROM THE BEACH ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO GATAKERS BAY

50 KM/HR ZONE ALL THE WAY FROM THE BEACH ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO GATAKERS BAY

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Rodney Dudgeon started this petition to Fraser Coast Regional Councillors (Fraser Coast Regional Council)

1. Vehicle horns are frequently heard outside the "Brew and View" cafe, and the "Neat Az Hair and Beauty" business, indicating safety issues when vehicles are entering or leaving parking spaces in front of the businesses or the car park across the road, or other vehicles passing by, or pedestrians trying to cross the road.

2. Reducing the maximum speed past these businesses, from 60 km/hr to 50 km/hr will reduce the possibilities of accidents, and make it safer for pedestrians trying to cross the Esplanade Road especially from the west to the east side, and in wet conditions.

3. Pedestrians crossing from the west to east side, have poor visibility with cars parked on the west side of the road. They have to look to the right, then to the left, then to the right as well as look across to Inman Street to see if any vehicles are exiting from there. If there is water on the road they have to be careful to negotiate that.  

4. A vehicle travelling at 60 km/hr travels 100 metres in 6 seconds. It can take up to 8 seconds to cross the road fully in front of the businesses walking at a good pace. Add to that, the time for the precautions just mentioned.  For more elderly people, who are in the great majority visiting the cafe, there is a real possibility of an accident particularly in wet weather. 

5. A pedestrian crossing apparently cannot be installed, as it is  not warranted by the number of vehicle and pedestrian movements in one day, under transport regulations. It would also apparently mean the loss of a large part of the car park, and car spaces in front of the "Brew & View" cafe, which would affect the businesses. 

6. The speed limit from Urangan Pier to the Beach Road roundabout at Pialba is 50 km/hr. Also there are about twelve pedestrian crossings, most of which incorporate  20 km/hr speed bumps from Urangan Pier to Zephyr Street, Scarness. 

7. From the Beach Road roundabout to Corser Street, Point Vernon the speed limit is presently  60 km/hr with no such crossings or 20km/hr speed bumps. After that it changes three more times to Gatakers Bay. This is confusing. A smoother flow is needed.

8. Access to the foreshore footpath, the parks and the beach is a right that all ratepayers have. This is important for our physical and mental health,  particularly with covid19 around. 

9. Many people cross this road to access the footpath, the parks and the beach for their own walking and for their dogs, as well as to enjoy nature, the trees, the birds and the ocean.

10. However, there are many residents and visitors who would like to access these natural spaces but cannot because of lack of crossings, or age, both older and younger, disabilities e.g. wheel chairs or other vulnerabilities.

11. Quite often, cars are parked up both sides of Inman Street. A concrete path on the southern side of Inman Street is requested. Also there can be up to 6 to 8 cars on the western side of the Esplanade road in front of the businesses. A concrete path on the western side extended beyond the cafe to cater for this parking is also requested. This path should not overlay the pavers already there, but rather enhance the appearance including the new garden bed constructed by the cafe owner.

12. All ratepayers and visitors should be able to cross the Esplanade Road at Point Vernon as safely as possible, whether it be to access the businesses or the foreshore, that is, in both directions.

13. This would be simple, and far safer for pedestrians and motorists.

14. Residents at both the Kirami Anglican Aged Care Home in Banksia Street and at the Tricare  Aged Home on the esplanade, and their carers, would have more valuable time to cross the road.

15. A man nearly lost his life recently on the esplanade near Tricare, when he was pulling out in his car from the side of the road, and was sideswiped by a car from behind, leaving his car a write-off and himself with headaches for days. The police officer who attended the crash said she wasn't suprised. It seems the 60 km/hr speed limit was a factor.

16.  School buses drop off students on the foreshore side of the esplanade road on their return runs. This means the students have to wait until the traffic ceases before they can make their dash across the road to the Martin Street concrete path. A 50 km/hr maximum speed on the esplanade road, as well as a refuge in the middle of the road are needed to improve the safety for students crossing here. 

17. All the side streets to and from the Esplanade road have maximum speeds of 50 km/hr.  Entering and exiting all these side streets including, Moreton, Halcro, Martin, Kehlet, Banksia, Inman,Wattle, Brighton, Corser, Corfield, Flinders, Kelly, and Mant Streets would be less problematic, and motoring would be much smoother and safer if the maximum speed on the Esplanade were 50 km/hr. Even though Corfield Street is a long straight street, it has a maximum speed limit of 50 km/hr.

18. The exit from Martin Street, at the angle, is one of particular note as the visibility in both directions is compromised. The time available to exit is reduced. Also despite the GIVE WAY sign, motorists exiting tend to move too soon or rush, allowing for  the greater possibility of accidents.  

19.The road past the two businesses can be a very busy spot that needs a 50 km/hr maximum speed zone urgently.

20. It would also provide safer access and a the whole range of benefits for locals, visitors & tourists, for motorists and pedestrians, for ratepayers, for residents, for seniors and pensioners, for the elderly, for the disabled and vulnerable, for children on scooters on the footpath, for adults and families on the footpath, in the parks, at playgrounds and on the beaches enjoying the magnificent gifts of nature, the foreshore, the beaches, the sky and the ocean.

21. Access for residents and tourists from the Point Vernon Caravan Park and other holiday facilities along Corser Street would be benefited by the 50 km/hr maximum speed limit, compared with the present 60 km/hr, allowing extra valuable time to cross the Esplanade road at the Corser Street junction, in both directions, at this curvy, problematic section of the Esplanade road. 

22. You may not only be benefiting yourself, but also others, who are more vulnerable, to motor more safely and to cross the road more safely, as well as to enjoy and appreciate the businesses, the foreshore, and nature.

23. Hurrying at 60 km/hr increases stress, anxiety, high blood pressure and higher heart beat, all of which are bad for the health.

24. A flattened mature goanna, was found about 100 metres to the south of the Banksia Street exit on the Ocean side of the Esplanade road. This occurred shortly after spraying and clearing in the revegetation zone on the foreshore near Banksia Street, where its habitat probably was. (refer to  photo previously forwarded to the FCRC). A dead echidna (spiny ant eater) was previously found dead on the road in the same vicinity, after the council did "clearing" in this revegetation zone. The echidna and platypus (two iconic Australian animals) are the only two egg laying marsupials in the world.  

25. An unimpeded 60 km/hr straight through road is available further from the foreshore from Corser Street to Murphy Street, which can then connect with Martin Street to the Esplanade road, or to Tooth Street, the Hervey Bay Golf House and Country Club, or to the Old Maryborough Road, to City Shopping Centres, the Eli Waters Shopping Centre, the Burrum Heads Road, Nikenbah and Maryborough. 

26.  A 50 km/hr zone all the way from Gatakers Bay to the Beach Road roundabout  will encourage motorists to take more time, possibly two minutes more at a maximum, and to appreciate the foreshore more. 

27. The Esplanade road past the corner of Banksia Street runs very close to the walkway for quite some distance. With vehicles travelling at 60 km/hr this is problematic and poses significant risk, especially taking into account the recent side-swiping crash mentioned in number 15 above.

28. The dead and dying trees on the Point Vernon foreshore at the Point Vernon Reserve Park, the chopped strangler figs about 50 to 100 metres on the south side of the businesses, the dead & dying trees on the slope on the north side of the Lookout, the dead and dying trees near  the corner of Corfield Street, can cause distractions and danger in windy conditions for motorists, with branches possibly falling on the road.

29. Cyclists are common on both sides of the road, with a bike lane on the ocean side of the road. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all have to be aware of each other to maintain safety. A 50 km/hr maximum speed limit would make this safer.

30. For residents along the Point Vernon Esplanade, reversing out of driveways is a more problematic procedure now with the greater volume of traffic compared with five years ago.

31. The population will continue to increase at a rapid rate particularly with the increasing developments in west Point Vernon. This in turn will mean increased traffic flows on the Point Vernon Esplanade that we need to prepare for now.

32. Kangaroos have been seen bounding along the ocean side of the Point Vernon Esplanade Road searching for grass since their natural habitat at west Point Vernon was blocked off due to development.  There have already been at least two crashes with kangaroos on Point Vernon roads. One of these was on the Point Vernon Esplanade near Brighton Street, where vision is compromised on the ocean side by trees. At least one crash caused significant damage to the vehicle, and probably shock and/or injury to its occupants. More accidents, as well as injuries and deaths to both kangaroos and people could easily occur. 

I invite you to show your understanding and concern by signing the petition, and inviting your friends, family and other people who visit Point Vernon to do so also, for the benefit of all now, and in the future.

BE COUNTED FOR WHAT IS BETTER & WHAT IS SAFER !

Kind Regards,

Rod Dudgeon

Point Vernon

 

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