Why is the Council doing this project?
The community, including local schools and businesses and the West Hobart Environment Network, has been requesting improved pedestrian facilities in West Hobart for a number of years. There is particular concern regarding the safety of crossing Hill Street.
Studies completed in the last two years have recommended a series of projects, including the installation of kerb outstands and pedestrian refuge islands and the continuation of the median treatment along Hill Street.
Will any on-street car parking be lost?
Why aren't there any zebra crossings in the proposal?
What about the safety of school children crossing Hill Street?
When will it be built?
The construction works are currently programmed to occur during July and August 2017 (subject to the outcomes of this community engagement).
Isn’t this type of pedestrian crossing dangerous for bicycle riders, because they create a ‘squeeze point’?
The final design of the kerb outstands and refuge islands will consider the needs of bicycle riders and will allow space for a bicycle lane to be retrofitted in the future. Council officers work closely with bicycle groups (like Bicycle Network Tasmania) to ensure that safety of cyclists is considered as part of all projects.
What can I do to make West Hobart more walkable?