Back in late May 2017 BeCA (HERE), reported on this website of the need for cyclists to be aware of the gutter used to separate the veloway from adjoining footpaths as in the photo above. This method of separation mainly occurs in Baringa around the new school. At that time in late May 2017 BeCA mentioned that several cyclists had had nasty spills when they inadvertently clipped the safety gutter causing them to tumble off. Regretfully these spills continue to occur with one older residents suffering nasty bumps, cuts and scratches from his recent fall.
At the time, BeCA suggested to Stockland that these gutters could be painted a brighter color to further alert cyclists that they are there. Stockland is again considering painting the gutter in a hi-vis color following on from BeCA’s recent concerns. We are hopeful that the request will be granted and the gutter will be made more visible for those using the veloway.
The problem is that where there isn’t an immediate adjoining footpath, there isn’t a safety gutter as the above photo shows. As this photo shows, a 30cm garden separates the footpath with the veloway in this situation and therefore, there is not a separating gutter.
Extensive works continue at the new school site getting things ready for the first school day of 2018. A major section of the veloway directly outside the school site is currently unavailable for pedestrians and cyclists to use because of the last minute site works. At these places pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use the footpath on the opposite side of the road. However sections of this footpath are also closed to pedestrians as construction gets underway on a new block of terrace housing.
When completed, the whole Baringa area will be a great spot for both pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy. Until all site works are completed and footpaths and veloways again become available, BeCA urges all cyclists and pedestrians to use extreme care when travelling in Baringa.