- Fraser Coast Regional CouncilMayor, Cr Gerard O'Connell
ONE WAY FOR HERVEY BAY ESPLANADE - Safety First for Cyclists & Motorists
IF ONE METRE MATTERS THEN FIX OUR ESPLANADE - ESPLANADE FAILS QLD'S NEWEST ROAD RULE TEST
SAFETY FIRST FOR ALL USERS OF OUR ESPLANADE - COUNCIL NEEDS TO UPDATE THE ESPLANDE TO COMPLY WITH QLD'S NEW ROAD RULES
Hervey Bay has possibly the longest Esplanade of any town on the east coast of Australia. This makes for an idyllic and scenic pathway for all yet causes a potentially dangerous problem. Real traffic planning and management is required.
The Esplanade, once a goat track for local fishermen, has been upgraded over time with development but it has never really had a proper overhaul. Two-way traffic in some very narrow sections are dangerous and combined with parallel parking outside the Torquay & Scarness shops precincts as well as the Surf Club create potential for real disaster.
I have witnessed a local bus sheering off the door of a parked car with the shocked driver almost losing their arm.
Then one morning the Surf Club’s security contractor slammed into side of a passing vehicle. Yes it was his fault and the little girl in the back seat of the passing car was shaking like a leaf with shock but to be fair he could not see a thing as large 4WD vehicles blinkered him on both sides. He edged forward just that little bit too far and “blam”. Two vehicles damaged and a traumatised mum and daughter!
The Queensland government has introduced a new road rule which legislates that motor vehicles must give cyclists a 1m wide berth. The Esplanade has no room to accommodate this new law. And don't ask the cyclists to use The Esplanade “bike track” as it is dangerously uneven and filled to capacity with joggers and walkers.
Wouldn’t it be sensible to divert traffic along sections of Freshwater & Cypress Streets (which are both wider and underutilised) while keeping narrow sections of the Esplanade for one way traffic and perhaps a dedicated bike lane? Street-scaping with garden islands could be another possible safety measure; with one sided angle parking then, perhaps safety issues and lack of car parking would be a thing of the past.
HELP ME TO RAISE AWARENESS TOWARDS THIS SAFETY ISSUE WHERE EVERYONE including motorists, cyclists, wheel chairs, runners, skateboarders, mothers with prams, mobility carts and all our visitors and residents can peacefully enjoy our ESPLANADE.
- Mayor, Cr Gerard O'Connell
Fraser Coast Regional Council
We are petitioning council to redevelop the Esplanade roadway so it's users can safely comply with new Queensland government legislation http://qld.gov.au/transport/news/features/cycle-safe/index.html
The petition requests sections of one way traffic with diversions through Cypress & Freshwater streets. One way traffic will allow room needed for a dedicated bike lane. These measures will reduce the risk of injury to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Without a change there is a real potential for death at worst and at the very least will alleviate traffic congestion and road/parking rage.
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