September 29, 2016

BUNINYONG COMMUNITY CHOOSE THE DESIGN OF NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said that the Buninyong community has helped to choose the design of the new pedestrian crossing to be built at the intersection of Warrenheip Street and Forest Street.

“Following discussions with many Buninyong residents about their concerns for pedestrian safety, I was able to secure funding in the Andrews Government’s first budget to create a signalised pedestrian crossing on Warrenheip Street” Mr Howard said.

“Since that time there has been a range of views put about how that crossing should look.

“Community consultation sessions and vox-pops provided locals with an opportunity to determine the final design of the new crossing.

“Around 150 local residents gave their feedback on the design of the new crossing.

“The majority of respondents preferred the safety benefits and Forest Street intersection location of the pedestrian controlled signals but the community wanted to ensure the heritage feel of Buninyong was maintained.”

The following alterations have been made to the initial crossing design:

  • a smaller traffic light system with red and amber lights that only light up when activated by a pedestrian
  • traffic light poles will be painted to fit with the look and feel of the local area
  • the controller box will be situated around the corner on Forest Street, further reducing the visual impact on Warrenheip Street.

The new crossing aims to improve safety for vulnerable members of the community, such as children and the elderly, and has the endorsement of Vision Australia.

As well as being a major boost in pedestrian safety, it will provide an improved connection to local recreational facilities including bike paths and the sporting facilities on Forest Street.

Work will start in early 2017.