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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
Your views Blinkered thinking When I’m travelling on a country road behind a truck or slow-moving vehicle, can anyone explain or understand why they indicate to me w ith the right blinker that it’s clear to overtake. People should use the left blinker (or none at all) as no-one in their r ight mind would overtake a vehicle that had the right blinker going. This occurrence happens from time to time both here and on the mainland, even when I’ve been travelling on overseas roads though I’ve noticed in Europe, they seem to know which indicator to safely use. Sue Zimmermann Speed and signage Congratulations to the R ACT for conducting the recent online sur vey, which clearly shows that most Tasmanian motor ists are opposed to the proposed speed reduction from 100km/h to 90km/h on sealed rural roads. During my time as Minister I implemented a speed reduction trial in Kingborough, but quickly realised that it had ver y little statew ide support, so consequently it did not become law. Now we have new Ministers and the opportunity for the bureaucracy to continue to try and inflict their unnecessary and unpopular ideas. One of the main road safety messages is ‘ dr ive to the conditions’ and while most of us do, there will always be the few who have no regard for the law, other motorists and certainly not speed reductions. I am well aware that speed and inattention are the major causes of accidents, but I have not seen any statistics that lead me to believe that this proposal will have a positive impact on our road toll. A s one of your contributors recently pointed out, roads, don’t kill people – other motorists do. Your survey also showed a lack of support for the ‘end speed limit’ signs, which seem to create a constant source of confusion for many motorists (spare a thought for the tourists!) For some reason these signs seem to appear more frequently in Tasmania than any other state or territory. Why? Give us signage that actually tells what the speed limit is and eliminate what is guesswork for some motor ists. Hopefully your sur vey will show that a rethink would be applauded on both these matters. Jim Cox Launceston now attempting to finish crossing on a Don’t Walk. Presumably this novel idea is to prevent collisions between impatient and careless drivers – but it means there is a serious r isk of pedestrians being the likely sufferers instead. Jo McRae Lenah Valley Sandy Bay danger zone for pedestrians ... We complain so often about our roads and how they are managed, particularly in regards to the car/pedestr ian relationship, but a new idea for the traffic lights at the corner of Sandy Bay Road and King Street takes the cake. When pedestrians press the button, instead of getting priority as usual, cars turning right from the northern approach go first. Then pedestrians get the Walk sign, for three f lashes, which gets them to the middle of the road unless they are too incapacitated to walk that fast, or too confused and frustrated by the novelty – only to be threatened by cars who want to turn left from the south but have their right of way blocked by pesky pedestrians, . . . and for cyclists too I did think that Hobart was aiming to be a more bicycle-friendly place but now I think we are going backwards. I regularly commute by bike from Taroona to Uni and am appalled at the poor planning on Sandy Bay Road outside the Caltex ser vo. Why are five parking spaces going in there? Three are together, which means that if the two end ones are taken, then some determined parker will back into that space, thus holding up traffic in the only remaining lane and endanger ing all road users. Then 100 metres south is a traffic island for cars turning right, making it dangerous again for cyclists. There is not even a bold white line to define a cycle zone on this road yet, when just a few months ago there was a buzz about something for cyclists. It seems that the car lobbyists, the people who are quite capable but are too lazy to walk anywhere, the Sandy Bay SUV crowd, have pressured the worst road planner to create the most inefficient road system at that spot. I fear that someone is going to get hurt. Even car drivers are going to be frustrated and angry at being held up. Further along near Lipscombe Avenue, cars are allowed to park adjacent to a traffic island, again narrow ing the road to cyclists. How about getting all the DIER road planners to take a bike ride along Sandy Bay Road in peak hour before they make stupid plans to endanger people’s lives? Nick Gill Taroona In our community 12 August / September 2011
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