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Journeys : Feb March 2011
14 February / March 2011 Parked for the duration With the changes to traffic rules, past practices have been over-ridden. Once there was a limited time that we could park our vehicles on the side of the road. Now any registered vehicle less than 7.5 metres long can be left on the side of the road, so long as it does not obstruct traffic. Thus in Ulverstone we have caravans parked on the side of the road for as long as the owner decides. Police cannot move the vehicle on and often neighbours are annoyed at the selfishness being shown by the caravan owner. It is time the traffic law was amended, but how long will it take those able to change the law to do so? Jim G. Campbell Ulverstone A valued member I’m wr iting with regard to my father-in- law, Colin Nielsen. He is 92 years old and has been an RACT member for over 50 years. Late last year he handed in his driving licence after driving for at least 70 years w ithout a blemish against his name! He did this due to his confidence and possibly his ref lexes not being as quick as they used to be. I know he would appreciate a mention in RACT Journeys magazine, because I feel this is a very unique case. S. Nielsen West Moonah Our warm congratulations on your wonderful driving record, Mr Nielsen – and our sincere thanks for your loyal R ACT membership over so many years. Harvey Lennon, R ACT Chief Executive Officer Travelling on Joseph Bondin wins a $50 travel voucher for his letter on proposed ‘New speed limit ahead’ signs. We welcome letters on any motoring or travel-related topic. Keep them brief – we reserve the right to edit. Contact us by post, fax or email and please include your postal address. Your views extra Wake-up call What was the Launceston City Council thinking of when it introduced the new bike lanes around the city? Yes, bike lanes are an excellent idea when used on roads wide enough to accommodate them. But to simply rub out the white lines and narrow-down the lanes on already inadequate streets is simply irresponsible and dangerous to everyone. How ridiculous to spend money on this when the funds could have gone to improve Launceston’s dreadful road system! Then there’s the sudden appearance of islands and the blocking-off of slip-lanes, particularly on Inverm ay, Vermont and Rocherlea Roads. This is causing longer queuing, impatient drivers, dangerous conditions and in my opinion, a death is waiting to happen. Wake up – Launceston needs more traffic free-f low, not less! Helen Barker Mowbray Don’t waste billions! We have been driving in Tasmania and on the mainland for thirty years, including towing a caravan. Most of the mainland highways are a lot worse than our Midland Highway. In particular, they have a great scarcity of passing lanes. A recent trip to the north-west of Tasmania convinced us that there is more traffic on the Bass Highway than the Midland. The short stretches of four-lane carriageways on the Bass work ver y well. This treatment is all that is necessary on the Midland Highway – please do not waste billions making it four lanes all the way. Peter Robinson Kingston ARTBIKES – Pedalling art in Hobart Have you noticed some new and unusual figures lingering in the streets of Hobart? Meet Kik, Jo, Edie, Mac, Charlie, Ruby, Rose, Ez, Bazza, Dazza, Gazza and Fred. They’re BikeHubs and they’re part of Hobart’s exciting new bike-borrowing serv ice, ARTBIKES. Free to use, ARTBIKES offer a fun and env ironmentally sound transport option for arts lovers to cruise Hobart’s dispersed art precincts and galleries. So grab an ARTBIKE, a helmet and a specially-designed map (all provided) and pedal your way around the city’s cultural hotspots. It’s a great way to exercise both mind and body. And if your ARTBIKE suffers a mechanical problem, such as a puncture or a loose chain, don’t panic! The RACT supports ARTBIKES with its free Bike Assist roadside serv ice and is standing by to help you out. You can borrow an ARTBIKE from two central locations within Hobart – Arts Tasmania, 146 Elizabeth Street; and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 40 Macquarie Street. ARTBIKES is proudly delivered by arts@work in partnership with the Hobart City Council, and with the assistance of the RACT, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the ClimateConnect grant program. More: w w w.artbikes.com.au In our community
Apr May 2011