There have been some reports and complaints regarding the signage in Australian cities, with some drivers complaining about the vehicle signage in Sydney, and other places. With the recent incident in Melbourne involving a cyclist, there have been petitions to put focus on signage in the city.
The Greens, the Australian political party focused on environmental issues, have petitioned for the need for improvement on the bike lanes and their corresponding signage in Melbourne following an incident that occurred in the city, which lead to the death of a cyclist after being run over by a truck last March 10 in Yarraville.
The cyclist, a woman, was travelling along Yarraville’s Whitehall street during the incident, wherein a truck collided into her bicycle near the Somerville Road intersection sometime around the evening. Nearby onlookers attempted to help, but the woman died shortly on the spot.
According to Detective Sergeant for the VPF, Darryl Out, evidence suggests that the cyclist ran a green light, but a truck collided with her when it turned left travelling from the same direction. He emphasizes the importance of care for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike whenever they’re on or near the road, so that the city can avoid becoming host to such tragedies.
People aware of the location has stated that the intersection has a bit of an accident-prone history, stating the area’s dangerous and that an incident like this was near inevitable.
As a result of the incident, local cyclists and other people have petitioned for improved signage and bike lanes, with additional regulations for road safety in order to avoid something like this from happening. According to local resident Donald Garner, he states that he too knows that the area is dangerous, and that he knew that cyclists needed to practice greater caution in the area, and those like it. He, however, adds that cyclists and vehicles should be made safer in their interactions, with clear boundaries and areas to assure the safety of everyone on, or near, the road.
Time will tell if the incident will lead to any improvements in signage in the region, or anywhere in the country. Notable, in that there have been complaints about the vehicle signage in Sydney in the past.