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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
Street-smart Opinion We asked: How can we make the driving experience for visitors in Tasmania safer and more enjoyable? Photos and interviews: Margie Law M aybe fix roads properly The Midland Highway is in bad condition and they just keep patching it. I spend a lot of time on the Mud Walls Road between Campania and the Midland Highway. It is a high-use road with lots of tourists on it and it is in really bad condition. Only the north-west coast road is in good condition. Martin Hall, Cambridge W e are travelling in a coach and the road didn’t seem to be wide enough, particularly near Bicheno when the log trucks were coming. Mal Brewer, Kurri Kurri NSW S tandardise the speed signage – it is confusing. There is a lot of chopping and changing of speeds which wouldn’t add to the driving exper ience. More should be spent on major roads like the Channel Highway because a lot of tour ists use it. The inner city is a complete mess and needs to be looked at seriously. John Maxwell, Taroona Get rid of the end of speed limit signs, they are very confusing – and have more signs for attractions. In the UK major attractions are all bright brown signs and this makes it easier to find things. Charles Courtney, Kingston Beach Weused to live in Adelaide and I used to think it was a nightmare driving here, trying to find a park on all these narrow streets – but now parking has improved. At the waterfront we parked in the wrong bay once, we bought a ticket and displayed it on the windscreen but we got a parking fine. It can be ver y confusing for tourists. Andrew Barrie, Bonnet Hill Ithink the roads are good, better than Victoria. I was happily surprised w ith the roads down here but I’ve mostly been on the road between Launceston to Hobart so I don’t know about other areas. Pepa Castro, Geelong, Victoria Greg Casimaty I see that the R ACT has once again raised the old chestnut of noisy trail bikes through an article published in the August- September issue of Journeys. Back in 2005 I finally received council approval to establish a combined earthmoving, trail bike and quad bike training facility adjacent to Hobart Airpor t and within the NEF 20 Noise contour. The centre is called Cambridge Moto. I wrote to the RACT about the facility but did not receive a response. As a member of the Tasmanian Government’s Recreational Vehicle Advisor y Group I have been involved in helping to identify public land in Tasmania that is suitable for recreational activities; to categorise the area identified in order of environmental sensitivity; and to give access to these tracts of land to interested industry groups to manage and maintain. These groups have included hunting, fishing and 4W D groups, commercial operators, and of course the good old noisy trail bike and other motorcycle groups. C/Moto is a 20 hectare site run under Motorcycling Australia. It provides a venue where dirt bikers can train, be coached and ride. R acing is also held there, w ith some events being r un under lights – I believe it is the first privately-owned Motorcycling Australia facility of its kind in the nation. All six tracks are regularly inspected and approved by MA officials, who then prov ide a licensing and insurance system for all riders regardless of ability from six years old onwards. MA has an accredited coaching regime, with compulsory coaching should kids go on to racing. Needless to say this is not only for our youth but all ages. I am a Motorcycling Australia accredited coach and official, w ith over 40 years’ riding and racing exper ience. In our community 10 December 2011 / January 2012
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