I’m going to address Council and go to various media outlets and the police about a serious issue facing Mudgee – vehicles travelling too quickly, in particular early in the morning.
Also, Mudgee’s CBD does not have barriers, bollards or median strips that impede activity such as:
- Performing u-turns over double lines eg. outside the Post Office (instead of using roundabout).
- Turning across the traffic in the CBD (instead of using roundabout).
- Not allowing drivers wanting to reverse park sufficient room to do so. The vehicle behind gets right up behind the vehicle wising to park. They then beep the horn and roar out around the stationary vehicle on the opposite side of the road.
- Crossing the street and parking nose in.
Currently in Mudgee there are a lot of contractors and “tradies” in a hurry to get their jobs done before the Christmas break. Early of a morning they leave their dwellings, service stations and food outlets without engaging their indicator, and at speed.
Access to Sydney road via Mortimer Street east and Burrundulla Ave has turned in to an early morning drag strip, and has been for some time. The time slot between 6.45 and 7am has been particularly bad for some time.
They often leave “servos” and food outlets on their phones or texting, and eating.
The CBD needs to have traffic calming measures implemented as soon as possible. I will be campaigning for this.
One person has been killed in the CBD, that’s one too many. I like to go out for a walk of a morning and it is dangerous!
My office is next to a busy supermarket and opposite the old Medical Centre, in the Church street block bounded to the south by Denison Street (where there’s a heavily used pedestrian crossing including many school children), and to the North by Gladstone street (where there’s a roundabout, and a service station with multiple access and entry points).
The traffic flows quickly in a wide street with no lines, median strip, or mid-block crossing (that was removed).
I walk along this block several times a day, and witness what goes on there. There are many pedestrians.
Firstly (not in any order), drivers of vehicles leaving the supermarket or service station are concentrating on the traffic and not pedestrians. They are often texting, adjusting seat belts and eating.
I have made enquiries of an engineering firm engaged in traffic consultancies. The driveways out of these two stores are legally considered to be pedestrian crossings. As a pedestrian I can tell you that I am the one who looks out for cars, not the other way round.
One child has been knocked down on the pedestrian crossing this year.
People park their car on one side of the road and attempt to cross to the other and it is too busy at certain times of the day, and it is very wide.
People do u-turns in a dangerous manner.
People leave the supermarket turning north to find a car trying to reverse park across the road.etc
We desperately need a safety island for pedestrians like we had before, the service station to have exit and entry one way (like the others in the CBD, speed inhibitor (hump) inside the supermarket exit (and perhaps a “give way to pedestrians” sign.)
And restrictions so as vehicles cannot drive straight across the road from store to store.