Mayday on road mayhem
Call for safety refuge as pedestrian traffic rises
BELMONT residents and business owners are calling for a pedestrian refuge to be built to assist the “hundreds of people” crossing Barrabool Rd each day.
Grant Herbert, who owns Cafe RnR which fronts Barrabool Rd and Barwon Valley Park, said a residents’ petition calling for action years ago was yet to deliver a result.
“There’s been a lot of toing and froing since the petition was put together a few years ago,” Mr Herbert said.
“It’s basically like banging your head against a brick wall.”
Mr Herbert said cyclists, walking groups and employees of nearby businesses crossing at Barrabool Rd between Mt Pleasant and Barwon Heads roads are calling for a pedestrian refuge to improve safety.
“It is an extremely busy road. It’s just one of those things that needs to be done,” he said.
About 11,000 vehicles use Barrabool Rd between Mt Pleasant and Barwon Heads roads each day, according to VicRoads.
Mr Herbert said that a pedestrian refuge near Riverglen Court, about 200m away from his cafe, was not convenient for those wanting to cross and access Barwon Valley Park.
Belmont resident Priscilla Pescott said: “Everyone agrees that (the refuge) is needed but there doesn’t seen to be money in council’s budget for it.”
Greater Geelong City Services director Guy WilsonBrowne said more visitors to the Bupa Aged Care facility needed to park on the Barwon Valley reserve opposite the facility.
“Results from recent vehicle and pedestrian surveys at this location show justification for an additional refuge island crossing closer to the aged care facility. This project has been added to our future works program,” he said.
Mr Wilson-Browne said the project will be considered among 80 others for future funding. “This project is on our capital works program for funding consideration, and will be considered at the next annual planning cycle,” he said.
SAFETY FIRST: Priscilla Pescott with Bupa Aged Care Barrabool activities co-ordinator Angie Trueman, Pauline McKinnon, Bupa Aged Care Barrabool general manager Cate Unsworth and Cafe RnR owner Grant Herbert.