8 yrs, 3 costly Pedestrian/Cycling plans, and not a single reference to unsafe gradients !

This one just in from Warren, the champion for the bike riders and pedestrians amongst us.. Part 1

From: Warren [address not published]
Sent: Thursday, 7 July 2011 12:01 PM
To: Manningham Leader
Subject: Dual paths,   Letter for residents comments

After 8 years and substantial revenue directed towards the promotion of three costly Pedestrian/Cycling plans (2003, 2009 and 2010) and not a single reference to area topography, Manningham Council have at last responded to resident concerns by agreeing to employ a consultant to determine if the gradients, particularly in the South and Western precincts of Doncaster Hill, are within safe limits. The key entry Streets to both sectors, Lawford and Short have gradients of 12%, four times the standard guidelines according to the authorities on the website ..Hills, Gradients & Slopes-Bicycle Victoria. Aust Roads, among several contributors to this site, describe the potential hazards of cyclists speeding down steep slopes and the risks to walkers and riders ascending. The report goes on to say that under normal conditions a maximum gradient of 3% is recommended while a slope of 5% is acceptable providing flat sections (landings) are installed at 20 meter intervals. However in high density areas such as envisaged for Doncaster Hill, where a wide diversity of users could include the physically impaired, a maximum gradient of 2% is recommended.

Warren

[full name withheld]

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