Hannel St crossing of Route 6

 

Route 6, from Newcastle to the Uni via  Waratah Station, Islington TAFE, and Throsby Creek has a very dangerous crossing at Hannel St. Cyclists are left to look after themselves while crossing the 4 lane road, in a 70 km per hour zone. Newcastle City Council was well aware of the problem, however it is an RTA road so not in their jurisdiction. Members of NCM had brought this problem up at the regional RTA consultation forum, and with the local member of parliament Tim Owens. The problem was acknowledged, but it didnt sound like anything could be done about it.

In November 2011 Bernie Hocking, Peter Lee, and other members of both Newcastle Cycleways Movement and the Tighes Hill Community Group set up a stall at the crossing and did a count of people crossing, as well as renting a speed recording device to measure traffic speed. We counted 1044 people crossing, during Friday, Saturday, and Sunday till it started raining about lunchtime.

Ben Ewald

Hannel St video

http://youtu.be/HLizN8b7J9E

 

The decorated crossing
Crossing with kids

A scary place to take ones children

Update: Hannel St crossing now has a set of traffic lights at this location and is much safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

 Posted by at 9:31 pm