With 3 major pedestrian incidents, including a tragic fatality, occurring on Comur Street in the last couple of years Council is working alongside the Yass Valley Business Chamber to improve safety in the main street of Yass.
“Our main street is becoming busier, which is great for our local economy but it presents a different issue for pedestrians trying to cross the street,” said Yass Valley Deputy Mayor, Kim Turner. “With our central business district now stretching over 3 blocks, pedestrians are risking their safety not using the designated crossings.”
Council, in consultation with the Business Chamber, have developed a concept plan for three additional mid-block pedestrian refuges, however with their installation also comes the loss of approximately 7 car spaces at each location.
“Parking on Comur Street is a premium, especially at busy times of the day, and while pedestrian safety is paramount, we don’t want the solution to negatively affect our businesses either,” said Yass Valley Business Chamber President, Michael Pilbrow. “We all need to work together to come up with a solution that is the best for the entire community.”
Council is seeking feedback from the wider community through submissions and a survey:
- Would you like to see pedestrian safety in Comur Street improved?
- Are pedestrian refuges suitable or would other alternatives be more suited?
- Which location along Comur Street is of highest priority for improvement?
- Do you think the loss of car parking spaces warranted to improve pedestrian safety?
The concept plan identifies 3 mid-block locations where pedestrian refuges may be installed - between Rossi Street and Meehan Street, between Meehan Street and Lead Street and between Lead Street and Polding Street. A pedestrian refuge provides the ability for a pedestrian to cross to the middle of the road and if necessary, wait for traffic in the refuge area before crossing to the other side.
Making a written submission or completing the survey
Community feedback will enable Council to identify community and business preferences and further develop plans to improve the ability of pedestrians to cross Comur Street.
- The survey is available online (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DR32GF7) and in hard copy. Please contact Council for a hard copy to be sent to you.
- Submissions need to be made in writing (PO Box 6 YASS NSW 2582 or Council@yass.nsw.gov.au)
The survey needs to be completed and written submissions received by 5.00pm Friday 25th August 2017.