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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
T he new roundabout at Algona Road (part of the Kingston Bypass project) will include special green lanes for cyclists. The clearly marked green bike lanes will improve safety by creating a dedicated space for cyclists, reducing potential conf lict between motorists and cyclists, lowering stress levels for cyclists riding in traffic and increasing motorists’ awareness of cyclists on the roundabout. Although the green lanes w ill help all road users to share the road more safely, motorists and cyclists will still need to watch out for one another and travel at a speed that g ives each space and time to safely negotiate the roundabout. Generally, cyclists must obey all the same road rules as drivers; and drivers must treat cyclists the same as they would another driver, to comply w ith the Tasmanian Road Rules. However, users of the new roundabout should especially note the following: Cyclists • Although the green lanes are on the left of the roundabout, this does not mean that cyclists in the green lane must tur n left. Cyclists are permitted to continue around the roundabout using the left hand (green) lane and can cross the exits, where there is no green paint. • However, cyclists continuing around the roundabout in the green cycle lane MUST GIVE WAY to any vehicle leaving the roundabout, • Cyclists turning left should indicate that they are doing so. Cyclists continuing around the roundabout must indicate they are turning to the r ight. Motorists • At this roundabout, a motorist should not drive in the bicycle lane. • Motorists turning left need to keep a lookout for cyclists who are continuing around the roundabout, because the cyclist may not be able to see vehicles approaching rapidly from behind. • Motorists (especially drivers of large vehicles or those towing trailers) should ensure their vehicle does not overlap the green lane, particularly as they enter or leave the roundabout. If vehicles overlap the bike lane this will create a hazard for cyclists. For further information phone: 1800 753 878 or email: email@example.com Sharing Algona roundabout space safely with cyclists The RACT has partnered with The Smith Family to help children in need share in the joy of Christmas. R ACT w ill provide support for over 300 children from disadvantaged communities who receive assistance from The Smith Family throughout the year. “Christmas is a special time of year for families and is especially exciting for kids of all ages, so it’s heart-breaking to think that some families simply can’t afford to give their children presents on Christmas Day – an experience many families and kids may take for granted,” R ACT CEO Har vey Lennon says. “So this year we will help The Smith Family deliver 300 book vouchers to disadvantaged children across Tasmania.” In the lead-up to Christmas, the book vouchers and other gifts donated by the community w ill be delivered to children who receive support from The Smith Family’s education, mentoring and vital life skills programs throughout the year. “ With the support of R ACT, these children can enjoy the magical exper ience of receiving a gift at Christmas,” says Alison Standen, General Manager for The Smith Family in Tasmania. This year The Smith Family aims to raise $25,000 in Tasmania through its Christmas Appeal. All funds raised will go to The Smith Family to help disadvantaged Australian children create better futures for themselves. To make a donation, call 1800 024 069 or v isit www.thesmithfamily.com.au RACT spreading joy to children in need this Christmas In our community December 2011 / January 2012 7
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