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A "Horse Crossing" for Travers St, Wagga Wagga
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There is currently no formal Horse Crossing for the section of Travers Street where horses cross to access the Murrumbidgee Turf Club in the mornings. This section of road between Beckwith Street and the Olympic Highway is currently a 60 km/h zone. There have been a number of incidents where a horse and rider have narrowly escaped injury due the speed of passing cars. The outcome this petition aims for is the installation of a "Horse Crossing". It would be similar to that of a school zone with solar powered flashing crossing signs with a reduced speed limit to 40 km/h between 4am and 10am Monday to Saturday. The aim of this petition is to reduce the number of near collisions between cars and horses on this section of road.
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Wagga City Council
P.O. Box 20
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650
To the Local Traffic Committee,
My name is Scott Cox and I am a student at Charles Sturt University. I am currently undertaking a project on Civics and Citizenship that requires me to select a civic issue, form a study group and devise a possible solution to an issue. As a further part of this assignment, I was required to source relevant research, establish methods to raise community awareness and to form strategies for completing the desired change.
The issue I am raising with you today concerns the horses crossing Travers Street between the racing stables of Trevor Sutherland and Gary Colvin and the Murrumbidgee Turf Club. Each morning approximately 30-40 horses cross this road for the purpose of working at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club. These horses are often required to stand at the side of the road whilst waiting for a gap in the traffic, or for motorists to stop their vehicles. There are often times where the horses are skittish and have been stirred up by passing traffic and being unpredictable animals, they could dart onto the road. The current speed limit along Travers Street is 60 km/h. In a recent study conducted by the Queensland Government it was established that it takes the average driver 1.5 seconds to react in an emergency, and that at 60 km/h it takes the average car 45m to stop on a dry road. However, at 40 km/h the stopping distance is reduced to 25m on a dry road. For this reason, I am proposing a reduced speed limit for a small section of Travers Street.
My proposal is for the installation of a formal “Horse Crossing”. This crossing would be similar to that of a school zone. There would be solar powered flashing signs advising motorists of the change in speed limit and these signs would be placed approximately 50m either side of the crossing. The speed would be reduced to 40 km/h between the hours of 4am and 10am Monday to Saturday. The use of signs similar to those in a school zone will make it easy for drivers to be aware of the requirements for the crossing.
Over the years there have been numerous near collisions between horses and cars on this section of road. With the development of Estella, Estella Rise, Gobbagombalin and Boorooma this has resulted in an increase in the number of motorists using this road. The “Horse Crossing” would significantly reduce the risk factor on this road making it safer for motorists, horses and riders.
There is an online petition through change.org that has gained over 550 signatures within the first 24hr period. There are also paper petitions located at several businesses that have also gained support. This level of interest shows that support on this issue does not exclusively come from the racing industry, but the wider community as well.
Thank you for your consideration on this matter. I look forward to hearing from you.
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