Death cycleway?



CYCLISTS fear serious injury or even death is just around the corner on the dangerous cycleway at the entrance to the Coffs Harbour Education Campus. The many bike riders who negotiate the crossing daily are playing Russian roulette with the cars which head into the campus from Hogbin Drive. Unfortunately, some motorists do not comply with the 25km/h speed limit at the entrance, causing havoc for southbound cyclists who often can't see traffic at the round- about. Northbound cyclists feel safer because traffic leaving the campus is generally slower. Wally Sims and his mates with the Coffs Harbour Bicycle User Group have argued for the crossing to be moved 20 metres further into the campus so the speedway-like conditions can be avoided. "It also needs to be identified as a cycle crossing. The standard colour in NSW is green paint," Mr Sims said. "Getting motorists to slow down is also vital." Coffs Harbour City Council design manager George Stulle said the council's Bicycle Working Group had examined the problem, for which there was no easy solution. He said moving the crossing further east would place it on university land which raised liability and management issues. "We could certainly re-open discussions with the university," Mr Stulle said. "However, motorists know there is a crossing there and they should be slowing down."



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