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Speed limits through Millionaires Row at Hedges Avenue to drop to Gold Coast low of 30km/h

By Gary Gannon

TRAVELLING on Millionaire’s Row will be slower than driving through a school zone, with Hedges Ave set to have the city’s lowest speed limit.

Speed limits along the exclusive coastal road will be reduced to just 30km/h this month after years of lobbying from locals.

The Gold Coast City Council will remove the existing 50km/h signs within days, with the new speed limit set to effect not just cars but pushbikes using its bike lanes.

Hedges Ave is a popular route for riding groups on weekends.

Area councillor Paul Taylor dismissed concerns the move would make Hedges Ave an exclusive location and said the one-way stretch of road had been a “danger spot” for several years.

“It is a safety matter first and foremost and we have to look after the pedestrians, as well as the cyclists,” he said.

“This is a big step towards reducing the issues we have had there for several years because Hedges Avenue has become our main road on the beach side of the suburb.

Hedges Ave is a popular route for riding groups on weekends.

Area councillor Paul Taylor dismissed concerns the move would make Hedges Ave an exclusive location and said the one-way stretch of road had been a “danger spot” for several years.

“It is a safety matter first and foremost and we have to look after the pedestrians, as well as the cyclists,” he said.

“This is a big step towards reducing the issues we have had there for several years because Hedges Avenue has become our main road on the beach side of the suburb.

“It is a beautiful place and people should be safe while using it.”

The decision to change speeds was made after a long period of community consultation with local residents, the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

It has been welcomed by Hedges Ave residents, including the Mermaid Beach Community Association.

Group president Alf Vockler said the changes were designed to reduce the number of people using the narrow street as a rat run.

“This is great news because we have been trying to get this fixed for 20 years,” he said.

“It is a positive move on behalf of the council to reduce the speed because this is a pedestrian-friendly area and safety is paramount.

“The council has really improved the safety of this area now.”

The review of speed limits was sparked in 2012 by the release of an independent report commissioned by the association.

 The report found the local road is busier than a single lane of the neighbouring Gold Coast Highway during peak times.The report, by Adam Pekol Consulting, was conducted in September 2011 and found more than 747 vehicles used the road between 7.45am and 8.45am, as well as 117 bicycles and 30 pedestrians.Gold Coast City Council figures show 714 vehicles pass through each lane of the Gold Coast Highway-Surfers Ave intersection at the same time.The report recommended installing chicanes on Hedges Ave to cut traffic numbers.

source: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/traffic-reports/speed-limits-through-millionaires-row-at-hedges-avenue-to-drop-to-gold-coast-low-of-30kmh/story-fnl6qvfc-1227246810582

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