Monday, 17 November 2008
Toowoomba Regional Council: not the way to sign the roads
Cyclists have noticed the rise in bicycle signage around town over the last few months, and while it shows someone is thinking about bikes, that doesn't mean the right course of action is being taken.
The TBUG is concerned that the yellow bike sign is being used by TRC to create a defacto bike lane.
This is not what anyone wants.
We can have a Bicycle Awareness Zone (BAZ), which is what the yellow sign is for, or a bike lane, with a white bike sign and proper lane markings.
But, it must be remembered that the Department of Transport does not support the BAZ and will not fund any.
The photographs above show the yellow road markings in the gutter, which is not where they belong, and positioned to the left of the carriageway, as if to tell cyclists and motorists that that is 'our place' and 'keep out of the way' of 'the real traffic', which of course is the motorised variety.
Not on TRC.
In the Noosa shire these would be scrubbed off the road under the direction of their council employed Bicycle Officer.
TBUG is raising this and related issues with TRC and will keep cyclists posted.