Sunday, March 10, 2013

Cycling Shared Paths Speeding Cyclists Danger Pedestrian "is going to get Killed" Southgate/ Southbank Melbourne Herald Sun

Southgate florist Colin Windebank greed the speed of cyclists had become dangerous.

"They just go too fast. Someone is going to get killed out there," he said.


Cyclists asked to slow - Holly Ife, 

Herald Sun, 9th March 2006, page 26

Speeding cyclists will be forced to slow down after complaints from pedestrians on the Southbank promedade.

Signs advising cyclists to stick to 10km/h or less will be introduced on the shared pedestrian and bicycle zone between Princes Bridge and Queensbridge Square.

"Concerns have been raised with the council about the speed of cyclists and the potential for conflict between cyclists and pedestrians in this area," City of Melbourne councillor Catherin Ng said.

A council worker yesterday used a radar gun to record the speed of cyclists travelling along the promedade.

Cr Ng said the average and maximum speeds would be measured. "The results of the survey should be known next week and will be used to help determine the effectiveness of the new signs," she said.

Bannind cyclists from the area was not thought appropriate because the promenade links two sections of the popular Capital City bicycle trail, which is used by leisure and commuter cyclists.

Southbank Residents Association president Joe Bagnara said shared paths should be banned.

"I don't care if they are doing 3km/h or 10km/h, (bicycles) are a mobile hazard," he said.

He said signs were a waste of money and seperate lanes should be created for bicycles.

"No one is going to be sitting on 10km/h," he said. "If they were going to do that they may as well have walked."

Southgate florist Colin Windebank greed the speed of cyclists had become dangerous.

"They just go too fast. Someone is going to get killed out there," he said.

"Especially at night, they just hoon through there. It's just dangerous - it's a pedestrian area."

Cr Ng said other signs would be installed to direct cyclists travelling west along the river, near the boat sheds, to roads including St Kilda Rd and Southbank Blvd, reducing the number of cyclists using the promenade.

http://www.cyclingforums.com/t/324497/melb-herald-sun-report-re-southbank-cyclists

http://www.austroads.com.au/abc/images/pdf/ped-cyclist_conflict_minimisation_on_shared_paths.pdf

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