Following the distribution of this month’s “Connector”, BeCA has been informed of another horror story of an accident caused by the “Safety Lip” between the footpath and the veloway in Baringa.
Unfortunately the separating lip between the pathway and the veloway across Bells Reach, Arbour and Baringa is not uniform. In some places there is a narrow garden, in other places there is no separating boundary while in others there is a small safety kerb. BeCA has been urging Stockland and the authorities to do something to further highlight where there is a ‘safety lip’ separating the two. Stockland has been trying to have the kerbing painted but there have been issues for the relevant authorities.
An edited version of a section of an email BeCA received is below and tells the devastating story of a resident who tripped on the kerbing causing a fall and a horrifying long journey to recovery.
A copy of the original email has been forwarded to Stockland and our Councillor.
“On 30th March this year, a resident was running at night (7pm). They ran along the path from their residence located before the Aura bridge and down to the Baringa’s Pedal Park. Upon their return, they ran past Baringa school and crossed from the bike path to the footpath on a small level section where there was no kerb between the footpath and the veloway.
About 20-30meters down the line, the runner crossed over again back to the veloway without realizing the height between the paths had changed. It resulted in the runner misjudging the step and falling over, rolling their ankle. The runner ended up in “Emergency” with a sore ankle and body grazes from the fall.
But it was not a simple fall.
Nearly 3 months later, the person is still unable to work or walk properly, They have torn 3 ligaments in their foot, and have significant bruising to 3 bones surrounding the ankle.
The person was on crutches and then in a moonboot for some time. Following the fall, the person has been attending physio, had an MRI, bone scan, 2 ultrasounds, 2 x-rays and countless doctor appointments. This has all come at a financial cost. The resident is unable to return to their occupation until they are fully fit and well again.
The doctors can not advise the person of a time frame for when they can walk properly and have been advised to refrain from running for at least another 6 months.
The injury has significantly impacted this person’s life in many ways. They now have difficulty in completing many of life’s small luxuries such as being able to drive and to enjoy their young family.”