The under height signs beside the veloway near the first set of traffic lights in Baringa have been replaced with much safer and higher signs now in position. Thanks Stockland.
Several bike riding families have been caught out by the raised edge or gutter along some sections of the new veloway especially around proposed schools and new shopping areas. The raised edge is to keep cyclists and pedestrians apart at these busy places for safety purposes. However as this edge does not exist on 95% of the veloway it can catch the unsuspecting cyclist by surprise.
BeCA has heard of two cases where a family has been cycling along the veloway and one young family member has swerved causing one of the parents off the veloway and unsuspectingly into the raised edge causing a fall. BeCA has suggested to Stockland that any raised edge between a footpath and a veloway be painted in a bright color to warn unsuspecting cyclists to be careful.
BeCA has also asked Stockland to see if the entry to a footpath crossing point near the Turquoise Place and Aura Blvd roundabout can be widened to make it easier for cyclists. At this stage the way the connection has been designed there is a 110° turn for cyclists heading north and then wishing to cross Aura Blvd into the Arbour estate. For nimble and younger bike riders this isn’t a problem. But it can be a problem for older riders. There is a photo above of the pathway concerned.
BeCA has received a query from a resident concerned by poor mobile phone services in our estates. The quality of reception varies greatly across the estates with those under the brow of the hill up to Caloundra Rd having the greatest problems. Telstra seems to provide the best reception over all for most residents. With Aldi mobile using the Telstra Network, it seems a good economic choice for most.
Stockland have informed BeCA a new mobile phone tower is planned for between Arbour and Baringa and could come into service shortly with construction not too far away. It is possible Telstra will be building the tower and then sub letting tower space to the other operators.
Whatever happens, it seems a much improved mobile phone service is on the way.
This morning (Tuesday) at 8:20 am Bellvista Blvd traffic was banked up from Caloundra Rd to just before Bells Reach Drive. A little earlier, school drop off drivers were queued across the Bellvista Blvd and Stornaway Drive roundabout, effectively blocking traffic wanting to exit Bells Reach Drive. Traffic in Bells Reach Drive was backed up down to and beyond Quinn Park.
So much for the new Bells Creek Arterial Road alleviating traffic along Bellvista Blvd during these busy times.
However, 20 minutes later the traffic was almost clear and delays were kept to a minimum. BeCA will continue to push for a link road between Aura Blvd and Pelican Waters Blvd to be planned for and constructed sooner rather than later. At this stage this road is planned to be completed in 2031.