Lake Monger path upgrade program completed

The Lake Monger recreational shared path upgrade program was being completed this week, Cambridge Town Council Parks Co-ordinator Ross Bowman said today.

The last section of three-metre wide concrete path had been laid past Dodd Street to the pagoda on the northern side of the lake, Mr Bowman said.

The rest of the bitumen path from the pagoda to the overpass over the freeway would not be done because the Mitchell Freeway was due to be widened by one lane sometime this year.

After the freeway work was done, the shared path would be completed, probably by making the pedestrian-only path on the eastern side the lake a shared path.

The freeway was being widened as part of the program of traffic changes caused by the closure of Riverside Drive when work began on the proposed city riverfront development.

The council had installed barriers at two junctions of the shared path because of collisions between cyclists and pedestrians, some of which had resulted in serious injury, Mr Bowman said.

At the junction of the path from the Dodd Street carpark, an older woman was badly injured when she was hit by a cyclist.

At the junction of the shared path and path from Lake Monger Drive-Southport Street intersection, there had been a number of reports of collisions and incidents between cyclists and pedestrians.

The idea of the barriers was to make cyclists realise that they were entering a path shared with a lot of pedestrians and had to slow down, Mr Bowman said.

The council website says the paths around Lake Monger are recreation shared paths with a speed limit of 10kph.

Mr Bowman said commuter cyclists heading north up the freeway could use the Principal Shared Path on the eastern side of the freeway.

Commuter cyclists using NW9 could use the new path from the Dodd Street-Gregory Street intersection that ran almost parallel with Gregory Street to the Lake Monger Drive-Gregory Street intersection.

The council had built a connecting path on the south side of Lake Monger Drive from the service road to Northwood Street that connected to the service road that crossed Kimberley Street and the path from there to the Southport Street intersection.

Regular users of the NW9 path said the connecting link along Lake Monger Drive had made their trip time shorter because they did not have to wait at the pedestrian/cyclist lights at Lake Monger Drive and Southport Street.

A survey in peak-hour traffic showed that these lights took between two and a half minutes and 4 minutes 50 seconds for cyclists to get the green light, they said.

The Lake Monger Drive median strip at Gregory Street had a gap for cyclists and the traffic generally was easier to cross – the longest wait to cross during the survey was under one minute.

Just before Christmas, afternoon peak-hour cyclists and pedestrians heading north who crossed against the lights got pinged by police waiting on the other side of the intersection, they said.

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