Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Rat-Runners scared off by Scarecrows. Drive with your Heart. Northcote Leader 25.9.13

Darebin Council’s Drive With Your Heart program scaring off rat-runners

Rossmoyne Street residents in Thornbury, including Simon Vincett, Lucian, 4 and Caitlin, 5, are holding a scarecrow competition.
Rossmoyne St residents in Thornbury, including Simon Vincett, Lucian, 4 and Caitlin, 5, are making a point to rat-runners using scarecrows. Source: News Limited

RESIDENTS in Rossmoyne St, Thornbury, are using scarecrows as a novel way to slow down drivers.
Along the length of the street, running between High St and Darebin Creek, scarecrows are popping up in front gardens and on nature strips, giving rat-running motorists the impression the street is abuzz with activity.
The scarecrow idea grew from Darebin Council’s new Drive With Your Heart project, which encourages neighbourhood activity as a way of getting drivers to take notice they’re in a residential neighbourhood with an active street presence.
“Drivers tend to speed up on quiet streets,” Darebin Mayor Tim Laurence said.
“The project’s aim is to have more people out there reclaiming their street as a social space, which lets passing motorists know that their street is not an empty corridor.”
Rossmoyne St resident Simon Vincett said speeding cars had been a problem on the long, straight street and he worried about what would happen if his son, or another child, ran after a ball and a car was travelling too fast to stop in time.
He said he’d already seen a slowdown in traffic since the first five or six scarecrows were installed, as well as giant planter boxes, which provide vegetables for the community to share.
Mr Vincett said prizes would be awarded for the best scarecrow at the Rossmoyne St rummage, a garage sale held on October 13.
The scarecrow idea won tacit approval from VicRoads Metro North West acting regional director Damien Afxentis.
He said VicRoads was “supportive of efforts that encourage drivers to slow down, provided they don’t distract drivers from the road, or have any other adverse safety impacts”.
For details about Drive With Your Heart, visit darebin.vic.gov.au/dwyh

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