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Roundabout recklessness is cause for action

Mike Anderson is campaigning to make roundabouts safer for pedestrians.
Mike Anderson is campaigning to make roundabouts safer for pedestrians. Trevor Veale

A FATHER of two is urging Coffs Coast motorists to keep an eye out for pedestrians on roundabouts.

Twice a day, Mike Anderson crosses near the roundabout at the intersection of Hogbin Drive and Orlando Street to take his boys Darcy, 7, and Evan, 5, to and from Casuarina School.

And twice a day he fears for his children's safety.

“When motorists are held up at congested roundabouts at school times, they focus on traffic to their right, not pedestrians trying to run between traffic on their left,” Mr Anderson said.

“Why would they look for pedestrians if they are not warned, asked or required to?

“It's okay for grown-ups but it's different for families who want to ride to school or work.”

Coffs Harbour City Council road safety and transport officer, Anne Shearer, said all plans for the Hogbin Drive extension were approved by a traffic committee made up of the RTA, police and other stakeholders.

Ms Shearer said an independent audit of traffic movements found there was no requirement to put in extra facilities, as the intersection was not found to be used by many pedestrians.

Mr Anderson said he already has 60 signatures on a petition asking for a pedestrian crossing to go in but he would settle for raising awareness of the problem.

“A warning sign would do, just to let motorists know that families cross here in peak school times,” he told the Advocate.



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