Shared zone trial confuses road users

IT HAS been a week since the trial of an extended shared zone along Palmerin St started and motorists and pedestrians are still equally confused.

The area outside Warwick State High School is chaotic during afternoon pick-up time with students not sure if they can cross and cars not sure if they have to stop.

Not to mention the number of motorists who have obviously not noted the whole of Palmerin St is now 25kmh.

The Southern Downs Regional Council have arranged for electronic notice board to be placed along the street to highlight the changed conditions.

"Council understands that the new shared zone arrangements have caused some confusion among motorists and pedestrians alike," director engineering services Peter See said in a statement yesterday.

"The electronic notice boards, which will be clearly visible, should assist people to become more aware of the changed traffic conditions during this initial transition period."

Two boards will be utilised, one near the corner of Palmerin and Victoria Sts, outside the Harvey Norman Centre, and one near the corner of Palmerin and Fitzroy Sts near the cenotaph.

The signs will be in place for two weeks.

The shared zone will be in place for an initial trial period of 12 months, with a view to enhancing the safety for students in the precinct of the Warwick State High School.

The trial will be monitored using CCTV footage but council officers are yet to review the situation.

It was put in place as a response to Warwick State High School's request for a designated crossing area.

Councillors ruled against a zebra crossing as this would impact on the nearby business's car parks.

Do you find the shared zone confusing?

This poll ended on 18 November 2012.

Current Results

Yes - very confusing

80%

A little, but I'm getting used to it

0%

No, not confusing at all

20%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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