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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
Street-smart We asked: Are there any road hazards in your local area and what do you think makes them dangerous? Photos and interviews: Margie Law I live below Waverley and when you come up to the St Leonards and Tasman Highway intersection there is an island that is closed in, it is not a big open area, so when you look back up to St Leonards the vision is not good. Tony Quinn, Waverley Coming out of our street in Moonah is stupid. If you want to go straight across at the traffic lights you have to go way up the street, turn around in another street and come back. It’s because there is an island that separates the lanes. I see people do illegal U-turns instead. Jill Polley, Moonah U p on High Street there’s a turnoff and there is no give way sig n. People just have to know to give way when they merge but because of the way the road is made, the right hand turn has right of way. Ken Gordon, Launceston O n Blackwall Hill they’re doing road works to make it bigger. They’ve filled all the ditches up so it’s all gravelly and they’ve blocked off one side so it is nar row. It’s not safe being slipper y and narrow. Rebecca Jackson, Gravelly Beach T here are roundabouts that leak water onto the road on dry days after it has rained a day or two earlier. The water leaks under the brick work onto the road. This is particularly dangerous on a motorcycle. It is slippery and unexpected. James Barnett, Austins Ferry Ihave a learner’s licence and so far I think the road conditions are OK near the uni. I haven’t found anything dangerous. But sometimes when I cross the road, cars turning don’t let me cross first. Helen Chen, Sandy Bay In our community I ’d like to make a comment in regards to Scott Dickson’s ‘Drive and Ride’ article in the February-March issue of Journeys. Yes, the old Bass Highway between West Ulverstone and Penguin is a beautifully scenic piece of road. I know, because I live on it – but do Journeys readers realise just how dangerous it is for cyclists? The road runs between the railway line on one side and grass banks or vertical rock face on the other. It winds its way around sharp cor ners, over hill crests and through blind dips. This section of road is used by many interstate tour ists in motor homes and caravans. It also is a highlight for interstate and local motoring associations and motorcycle club riders. Add to all these the heav y volume of local commuters and then add sports and individual cyclists on a road with severely limited legal over taking sections and you’re looking at probably one of the worst multi-use roads in Tasmania! There are plenty of horror stories of close calls between cyclists and motorists. Also, because of the very few places to overtake legally, most drivers are forced either to sit almost the entire distance between Penguin and West Ulverstone behind cyclists (especially if they are on group training rides) or overtake them by crossing double or continuous single white lines. Just recently I came close to a head-on collision on this road when an interstate vehicle, followed by several others, was just starting to overtake a cyclist near the Lona cutting. I appeared around the corner and the first car just had room to get back to the correct side of the road. If I had not come to a virtual stop the cyclist would be checking our hospital system services! I would highly recommend that all cyclists using the road wear high-visibility fluoro safety vests, because a lot of their darker multi-coloured 10 June / July 2012 Opinion John Robbo
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