Robert Zandstra, Mullumbimby.
Byron Council’s decision to review vehicle movement & parking is timely for our increasingly busy, car-centred town.
An integrated solution to making Mullumbimy attractive once more involves reduced speeds in the CBD area; reduced traffic in the central zone; an increased capacity council car park and returning the streets to long-suffering residents.
To this end, I offer the following solution:-
■ Spread the traffic through town by making Tincogan St the formal north-CBD bypass and Fern St the formal south bypass, relocating the existing give-way signs to prioritise through-traffic.
■ Create a low-speed 30 km/h central zone bounded by Station, Tincogan, Dalley and Fern Streets.
(precedent for this low speed: 20mph section of A307, south of Richmond, Greater London)
■ Create thresholds with 30 km/h speed markings at entry points to this zone
(example of threshold is Crows Nest, Lower North Shore, Sydney)
■ Create 40km/h intermediate zone speed limit, bounded by the Brunswick River, Railway line and Saltwater Creek.
■ Restrict street parking in Station, Stuart and Whian Streets to residents-only during working hours
■ Narrow Burringbar St and create limited parallel parking, restricted to young parents, the disabled and pensioners.
■ Add street furniture to Burringbar Street to beautify newly created space
■ Add one storey to Council’s Station St car park as this is already nearing capacity
■ Clarify and create safe, bicycle lanes throughout Mullum – safe from swinging car doors
■ Add many convenient bicycle parking places to encourage usage
■ End footpath bike riding in 30 & 40 km/h speed zones.
Let’s make Mullum again the people-centred, easy-going town of the past.