Popular commute made safer with new lights

NEW traffic lights are being installed at the intersection of Molle and Collins streets, to make entry into the Hobart Rivulet Track safer for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and families.

More than 2300 pedestrians and cyclists cross Molle St near Collins St each day, as they commute to work from South Hobart.

But commuters and parents have been calling for safer conditions on the busy inner-city street, which has been the site of 18 reported crashes in the past five years – three involving cyclists, and one a pedestrian.

“Every day hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists are forced to negotiate busy Molle Street traffic without the security of traffic lights to ease safety concerns,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“The Molle Street crossing is popular with pedestrians and cyclists, including mums and dads dropping their kids off at the Goodstart Early Learning centre, taking their children to school, and visiting the popular Hamlet Hobart Café.

“This crossing is one of the most popular routes for people walking and cycling to work from South Hobart and is a natural gateway for those wishing to walk or run along the beautiful Hobart Rivulet Track from the CBD during their lunch breaks.

“Many in the South Hobart community have been calling for safer pedestrian and cycling across busy Molle Street.”

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, who helped secure Federal funding for the project, is one of those concerned commuters.

“I travel through the Molle Street crossing nearly every day and at least once a month I see a near miss,” he said.

“Community safety is a main priority, and I am really excited to be supporting the council on this important project.”

The $650,000 traffic light project, which was jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program and the City of Hobart, is expected to take four months to complete.

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