Making busy West Hobart safer for pedestrians and cyclists

A SERIES of improvements have begun to take place on Hill Street as part of the City of Hobart’s plan to make West Hobart safer for all road users.

The West Hobart community will benefit from the installation of on-road bike lanes and five new pedestrian crossings along Hill Street, including a ‘wombat’ crossing.

The wombat crossing – a marked pedestrian ‘zebra’ crossing on a raised hump across the road – will be trialled for six months and if deemed a success, it will remain with the possibility of additional crossings installed in other locations on Hill Street.

Two-way traffic will be maintained as much as possible during construction, with occasional lane closures required for safety reasons.

Hill Street will be closed for one weekend in July to install the wombat crossing.

The outbound Bus Stop 18 on Hill Street opposite AA Lord retirement village will have improved arrangements, including seating and a new bus platform to create easier access for passengers entering or exiting a bus.

Metro buses stopping at Stop 18 will stop within the traffic lane to let passengers on and off.

During construction, a temporary stop will be installed as close as possible to the current site.

City of Hobart’s general manager Nick Heath said the function of the road would remain the same.

“Once complete, the project will provide calmer traffic conditions to help increase pedestrian safety in the busy West Hobart area,” he said.

“The narrower travel lanes for vehicles will provide for a safer environment for all road users.”

The development is expected to be finished in spring 2018.

For more information, visit www.hobartcity.com.au/hillstreet

As a measure to increase walking in the area and pedestrian safety through improved community connections, the City of Hobart has initiated a Love Our Streets West Hobart project.

Over five months, members of the local community have been organising community book exchanges, revitalising the West Hobart garden group with activities and events, developing a Community Road Safety artwork and planning a West Hobart Street Party event in late June.

For more information, visit www.hobartcity.com.au/westhobartevent or the West Hobart Good Karma Network Facebook page.

Caption: Elise and Matthew Martin. Photo credit: Sheree Martin.

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