Intersection is risk to children
A CONCERNED Bargara father has appealed to the Bundaberg Regional Council, claiming the Bargara Road and Davidson Street intersection poses a dangerous threat to children riding their bikes to and from school.
The problem with the intersection lies with the bicycle lane, which tapers off and joins the main road on Davidson Street, leaving children on bikes riding in the same lane as vehicles.
“They have to share the lane for about 20 metres,” Greg Smith said.
“It only takes a car driver to spill his coffee and incidentally take out a child.”
Despite inspecting the road and admitting something had to be done, Division 5 councillor Greg Barnes said it would cost $10,000 to extend the length of the footpath so bikes could stay off the road, but there was “no room in the budget” to do so.
He said the recent floods had exhausted every financial avenue in the budget, and the intersection work would have to wait until next financial year.
“We can't take that out of maintenance or minor miscellaneous either,” Cr Barnes explained.
“But I'll do my best to get it in next year's budget.”
But Mr Smith said the response was “ridiculous”.
“I assume safety comes first – it certainly does in my book,” he said.
“There's no cost in safety, especially when it's your kids.”
Mr Smith said he knew all about safety, after losing his 13-year-old son late last year to a heart condition.
“You wouldn't want to lose a child over something that can be quite easily fixed,” he said.
He will no longer allow his three children to ride to school without him, despite them “harassing” him to ride every day.
“They (council) want kids riding to school to be healthy, but they can't unless council provides the infrastructure and paths,” he said.