Make Victoria Park and Wyndham Street Safer. Put a service rd and off street parking.

Make Victoria Park and Wyndham Street Safer. Put a service rd and off street parking.

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Nicole Peters started this petition to Shepparton Council and

On Friday 2nd of October, I picked my children up from daycare and proceeded to head home.

While driving along Wyndham Street in Shepparton, adjacent to Victoria Park Lake, a male on a bicycle came speeding out from behind a parked car, entering the road in front of me without checking for traffic. I immediately applied my breaks, however, the distance between my vehicle and the bicycle didn't allow time to stop, and an impact occurred. Upon impact, the male was thrown onto my car bonnet and then in front of my vehicle as my car came to a halt.

Fortunately, the bicycle rider I hit was okay. Immediately after the impact he stood up and attempted to walk away from the scene without acknowledging me. After attempting to speak to the male and offer him help, I immediately went into shock. Fortunately, there were witnesses nearby who were able to walk me clear of the road, move my car and look after my children until additional help arrived. Shortly after, paramedics and police attended the scene and confirmed I was not at fault. The male I hit failed to give way - he was also intoxicated and under the influence. Despite this, I feel no less guilty and upset, as I could have killed this person!

What would have happened if this wasn't a fully grown adult? What would have happened if this was a teenager riding home after being at the skate park, or a child chasing a soccer ball that had gone on the road? It's very likely the outcome would have been significantly worse - even fatal.

The thought of having to live with the knowledge of taking a child's life away still haunts me.

The parking on Wyndham Street for the lake is dangerous. The roadside parking for the northern end of the lake is extremely narrow, with car doors and mirrors often protruding beyond the line into the active lane of the road.

When the weather is fine, the lake and park area become extremely popular for families and children. Cars will often park tightly together, minimising visibility and creating a hazard for both drivers and pedestrians.

The current parking layout and lack of visibility make this stretch of road extremely dangerous. I believe it will only be a matter of time before someone is severely injured or killed. Accidents and near misses have already occurred, and it shouldn't take a death for something to change. 

Hitting this person will haunt me for the rest of my life. Both of us were lucky he was able to walk away with only minor injuries. Nobody should have to go through what I experienced, and I wouldn't wish the more severe outcome on anyone.

I am fighting for change! I am fighting to make this street - this park and the lake a safer place for our community.

I want to see change! I want to see action! I want the Greater Shepparton City Council and VicRoads to provide a better parking solution. This could mean a service road off Wyndham street leading to safe off-street parking.
If these parked cars were further from the road, I'd likely have had more warning allowing me time to stop in time.

Please sign this petition and help me make this change!

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