I LIVE close to the proposed development at 94 Kitchener Road, Alfred Cove, and I have some serious concerns over the potential for a significant decline in road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists using the local roads that must inevitably carry more traffic if the development goes ahead.
For example, when walking your children to Melville Primary School from a home south and east of the Kitchener Road/Cottrill Street intersection in Mullings Way you are forced to walk on the road (no footpath on either side of the road) or Fenton Place (no footpaths again) and cross Kitchener Road twice (no designated pedestrian crossings and in the face of traffic reportedly travelling at speeds well in excess of the 50 km/h limit) to use the single footpath on the northern side.
Cycling west along Kitchener Road be aware of the dangers from cars parked at the parallel indented bays proposed for Kitchener Road. To avoid being ‘doored’, give any parked vehicle at least a 1.5 metre clearance.
Turning right from Cottrill Street into Kitchener Road along with the 46 other car drivers heading east in the morning peak hour is across a two-way traffic flow of 550 vehicles an hour on Kitchener Road, with an average gap of 6.5 seconds.
Bear in mind that intersection traffic research has shown that a gap ranging from four to nine seconds is the most dangerous for near misses/accidents.
Thanks, I will take the ‘back way’ via Mullings Way to Marmion Street, taking care of course to give plenty of road space to the parents and children walking to school.
Peter Lawrence, Myaree