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VIC Sydney Road reduced to 40km/h

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by Reesa, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. What an excellent opportunity for more revenue. Use an incident of which speed was not a factor at all, to drop the speed limit.


    Sydney Road speed limit drops to 40km/h in wake of dooring death
    March 4, 2015 - 6:41PM
    Adam Carey
    Transport Reporter for The Age
    Alberto Paulon and his fiancee Cristina Canedda.

    The speed limit on Sydney Road will be permanently lowered to 40km/h, 24 hours a day, following the cycling death of Italian man Alberto Paulon in Brunswick last week.

    An "emergency meeting" in Brunswick on Wednesday afternoon produced few firm plans to improve safety on Sydney Road, a heavily congested arterial in Melbourne's north that is statistically among the most dangerous for bike riding in Melbourne.

    But Brunswick MP Jane Garrett, who called the meeting, said the "overwhelming feeling in the room was one of wanting to pay tribute to this man and all work together to find practical solutions to this really congested piece of road".

    Alberto Paulon and the bicycle he was riding when he died. Photo: Facebook

    Short-term changes that will be made to Sydney Road include building speed humps at intersections, tweaking traffic signals to give pedestrians priority ahead of vehicles and removing some parking spaces, Ms Garrett said.

    But an online petition to remove all on-street parking along a short stretch of Sydney Road where Mr Paulon was killed was not endorsed in the meeting.

    There was discussion about taking cars off the road, there was discussion about taking bikes off the road," Ms Garrett said. "We just have to find better ways to ensure in a population which is embracing cycling in record numbers that we are able to live together in this stretch of Melbourne."

    The petition to remove parking between Weston and Barkly streets was started by Kenny Smith, who works in the Sydney Road bike store outside which Mr Paulon was run over by a truck after a woman opened a car door in his path.

    Mr Smith, who was one of the first on the collision scene, said he had sought to attend the meeting but was told he could not.

    He said "there are 600 car parks just out the back" of the stretch of Sydney Road where Mr Paulon died so traders would not suffer from the loss of spaces.

    The woman who opened her door in Mr Paulon's path has not been charged, Moreland Police Inspector Dean McGowan said. A brief of evidence was being put together and would be given to the Office of Public Prosecutions "for possible charges down the track", he said.

    "The investigation is going to be a long-term one, but I can say that it was a low-speed incident, the truck was going well below the posted speed limit of 40km/h," Mr McGowan said.

    Mr McGowan said the decision to release CCTV footage of Mr Paulon's death, which has been widely viewed after first being screened on Nine News, was "extremely disrespectful".

    Mr Paulon's parents had arrived in Melbourne in the worst possible circumstances, he said.

    "It's every parents' nightmare to send your kids overseas to start a new life and having to come pick them up in such tragic circumstances."

    Nancy Atkin, a spokeswoman for Brunswick residents, said there was concern that the local population and associated traffic was soaring without enough being done to maintain liveability.

    "We need forward planning to get people out of their cars, onto bikes and walking and on public transport," Ms Atkin said.

    Nic Dolby, a representative of the Moreland Bicycle Users Group, said the safety improvements the government had committed to would make a welcome difference to riders on Sydney Road
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  2. Do I care? Not overly much, I've never been able to exceed 40kmh anyway.
    Will it solve a problem? Considering that the only time that anyone can practically exceed 40kmh now is between 3am and 6am, not really. A few lightless ninja rastafarian cyclists might survive a couple of weeks longer, until they go through another red light in front of a truck.
    But the important thing is that a message is being sent that we are all green and sustainable....

    Have no idea who Nancy Atkin is and under what authority she is claiming to speak for me.
  3. Interesting observation and very true.
  4. Having ridden a bicycle along this road I highly doubt this will make much difference, the danger isn't from the speed of the traffic but the congestion and relatively narrow road. Building more bike paths off the street would be a better option IMHO
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  5. Training drivers to look before they open their doors would help too.
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  6. Actually, the only vehicles usually exceeding 40kmh in Sydney Road are bicycles. So perhaps slowing them down will encourage more jaywalking in front of cars. But hey, that's sustainable.
  7. Ban on-street parking for cars if it is so congested. In-fact this should also be done on arterial roads in Sydney. Getting fatties to walk a bit further can only be good for the country, right?
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  8. MBUGers complain that the nearby bicycle path along the train line is poorly maintained (which is true) and that it's not usable because they have to stop and wait for cars at cross-streets. They have to stop and wait for cars crossing on Sydney Road too, but apparently that's different.
    It could have been worse. The initial proposal was for ALL traffic except bicycles to be banned.
  9. Who were the individuals or group that pushed for the speed limit to be lowered to 40ks ? I was under the impression that Vic roads we're involve in all speed changes in victoria . And not a bunch of people in a room
  10. Im half thinking its a revenue thing... I mean speed was not a factor in this. the quick part of video i saw on news showed the truck barely doing 30. was just bad timing to open a door on a cyclist. I travel that road every day in my truck and hardly break 20ks lol.

    Maybe that area should be made a clearway during that day. if u actually want to make it safer people might just need to put up with having to walk 2 mins to get to their store. Dropping the speed limit to 40k 24hrs a day is like throwing an ice cube in the ocean to stop global warming in this situation.

    Also start punishing the blind dick heads who open door on cyclists...
  11. Nothing but newspeak gobbledygook. Kneejerk reaction from nothing but a bunch of over-inflated-egos belonging to mental midgets having a groupspeak circlejerk from which sensibly minded people are excluded, all the while claiming to have a mandate to speak for everybody. I think I'm going to have to vomit.

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  12. I don't even think the 40km/h thing is revenue raising, as stated, it's always 40km/h except between 3am and 6am!

    Pointless outcome really.

    And the driver who doored the cyclist hasn't even been charged yet! What BS!

    Banning parking on the street is the best solution, people rarely look before they swing open doors on Sydney rd. Best to leave them damaging each others doors in the barkly square carpark. Or the many others adjacent to Sydney road all the way past coburg.
  13. Charging the driver and publishing the fact would go a long way and make some drivers think twice before opening the car door without looking .
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  14. How the fcuk does the numpty who opened their door and subsequently cause the death of another human being get away with no charge when we get charged with neg riding if we slip over on diesel or drop our rides when some plum pulls out in front of us but we don't hit them??!!!!??
  15. I ride my bike to work every day along the same strip (live around the corner.) it is dangerous, but highlights the need for vigilance on any bike, and that drivers need to be held accountable for dangerous actions. Very sad and totally avoidable.
  16. Hey there's been a bad accident on Sydney Rd, it happened during the day and speed was not a factor.

    Oh no that's terrible. I know, let's reduce the speed limit along there between midnight and 6.30am.

  17. #17 TheEvilPenguin, Mar 6, 2015
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    It's politician's logic: Something must be done. This is something, therefore we must do it.

    Fixing the actual problem will be expensive and controversial. May as well do something cheap that will pass muster with people who don't pay much attention to the facts.