Media Release on behalf of Cycle Centennial
Relocation of the children’s cycleway at Centennial Park is the best option for addressing safety concerns according to a consortium of bicycle riders and clubs, Cycle Centennial.
Traffic volume and “double parking” on Grand Drive parallel to the children’s cycleway poses a serious risk to all users of the park, a risk Cycle Centennial’s Mr David Jordan says we are all very concerned about.
In a submission to Centennial Parklands Trust, Cycle Centennial says, the Trust should act on its decision in 2001 to relocate the children’s cycleway to the agreed location between the Education Precinct and Loch Avenue. The proposed location is removed from the high traffic levels of Grand Drive, close to safe, easy parking and in close proximity to amenities including toilets.
Mr Jordan says, “In addition to providing a safe environment where children can enjoy riding their bicycles and parents can park easily and close by, the relocation alternative will also reduce traffic congestion on Grand Drive.”
“We are at a loss to understand why the Centennial Parklands Trust hasn’t acted on its 2001 decision. Instead they are proposing an overly complicated, potentially expensive solution that will disadvantage all users of the park.”
Cycle Centennial’s submission also proposes a number of short term solutions to help improve safety, while the children’s cycleway is being relocated such as a 20kph speed limit between the hours of 9am and 4pm on weekends and school holidays.
Mr Jordan says, “Centennial Park has a 100 year history as a place of enjoyment for walkers, runners, horse riders, families having a picnic and bicyclists of all ages and abilities. We want to see this continue safely, for all user groups not at the expense of them.”