After an audit of the new Eltham and Beaver roads cycleway, a decision was made at today’s Council meeting to reverse the street priority at the Beaver Road and Dillon Street intersection.
Council Assets and Services Manager Richard Coningham said as part of the normal safety audit carried out after a road layout change, one serious safety matter was identified.
“Councillors resolved today to change back the street priority at Beaver Road and Dillon Street.”
“There is a fair amount of non-local traffic using this route - it appears some drivers have not recognised or understood the new intersection layout. It’s important we address this.”
The safety audit also identified some other concerns including:
- Signage and markings not completed
- Crossing ramps unfinished at the High Street intersection
- Cycle signs to be erected at the Carr St and Eltham Road intersection
- Tactile markers to be added to kerb crossings.
Some Eltham Road residents also expressed their concern about the ends of the new kerbs when entering and exiting their driveways. Modifications are to be made by smoothing them.
Councillor Michael Fitzpatrick, who is a transport spokesman for the Council, welcomed the move and said Council had recognised it needed to act immediately.
“This is a new cycleway and this Council wants to improve safety for Blenheim’s cyclists, especially school children. It’s important we recognise the concerns raised by the audit and immediately address them.”