RESUMPTION of school classes this week has renewed concerns about safety risks caused by trucks parking over the cycling lane on Warrnambool’s Walsh Road.
Cyclists are forced to veer out into traffic to get around trucks parked at the edge of the road just south of the Raglan Parade traffic lights.
Motorists exiting Clavens Road from industrial sheds and Rafferty’s Tavern are also forced to push out into the traffic lane to get a clear vision past parked trucks.
City councillor Peter Hulin has been raising concerns for more than a year without success and now Dennington Community Association has added its weight to try to find a suitable solution.
“It’s not much use waiting until there’s a bad accident,” association president David Kelson told The Standard.
“I suggested part of the old depot off Walsh Road could be used to make a truck parking bay.
“What happens is drivers stop to buy food and refreshments at a nearby shop and this blocks the cycling lane.
“We don’t want to prevent them stopping there and supporting local businesses, but surely a more suitable place can be provided for their vehicles.
“School children have to ride around parked trucks.
“I’ve been told of at least one close call where drivers coming out of Rafferty’s can’t see past the trucks.
“Cr Hulin has repeatedly warned of serious injury to students forced out into busy morning traffic while riding to Brauer College or primary schools north of the highway.”
The city council office yesterday told The Standard a special report on the issue would be presented to councillors, probably later this month.