Traffic and parking have long been a problem in the inner city however the pop-up cycleways have caused huge problems for some residents. Loss of parking, speeding, rat-running, diverted heavy vehicles through residential streets are just some of the issues. I have been working closely with the residents in Erskineville to mitigate dangerous traffic in the area.
The residents of Park Street, Erskineville have advocated strongly for their street to remain a quiet residential street. Since our campaign began, staff have installed temporary barriers to narrow the entrance to Park Street and are currently undertaking a traffic study before permanent traffic calming measures are installed. Street narrowing, raised pedestrian crossings, angled parking, street closure and no right turn are some of the measures being considered.
Thankfully, Council has listened to reason and deferred making the cycleway permanent. This is not an anti-cycling campaign. This is a campaign to ensure the safety and amenity of quiet residential streets. The deferral will give staff extra time to undertake a traffic study and ensure that the permanent plan will not have a negative impact on surrounding streets. I have requested that staff have this revised proposal completed before September to ensure it does not get off track following the local government elections.
Ironically, while the Erskineville community is being heard, residents from Maddox Street Alexandria feel that they have been left behind. Trucks still continue to speed down Maddox Street, posing a risk to the Community. I have raised this matter with Council time and again. After 4 long years, Council has agreed to my request to investigate further options to calm traffic in the area. I hope that the recent success in Erskineville inspires some effective traffic calming proposals for Maddox street.