Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A foretaste of motocross traffic on Adare Road

The application before the Lockyer Valley Regional Council for the Adare motocross track gives the opening times as: 4.00pm to 9.00pm Tuesday to Friday; and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays for Stage 1.

Stage two will add "occasional" event weekends when opening times will be from 9.00am to 9.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Traffic volumes on Adare Road for Stage 1 are estimated by the applicant to be a maximum of 150 vehicles per hour, first around opening times, and then again around closing times.

Adare Road is in general narrow, with some sealed sections so narrow that vehicles will have to move onto the unsealed shoulders in order to pass.  The last 1.5km is unsealed and narrow.

Here's an idea of what that will look like if you are driving in the opposite direction.  This video was shot on the unsealed section of Adare Road.

Keep your eye on the crest in the foreground for vehicles coming out of the dust.  Concentrate.  This could be dangerous.  The dust in this video was caused by seven vehicles.  If the track is ever open for business, the traffic will be many times that.

Here are some exercises for your imagination:
  • Imagine you are driving in the opposite direction.  
  • Imagine you are one of the drivers in the vehicles, going home after 9.00pm at night, with the headlights reflecting back from the dust, while you try to guess whether there are any deer, cows, kangaroos or pigs on the road ahead.
  • Imagine you are a koala trying to cross the road at night, perhaps already confused by five hours of blasting motocross noise.
  • Imagine you are a mountain bike rider on the road.
  • Imagine you are a group of birdwatchers, scanning the sides of the road for that elusive species early in the morning (Adare Road is one of 14 "Bird Places of the Lockyer Valley" listed in a brochure that was partly funded by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council).
"stay on the road verge" - not if this Adare motocross proposal is approved, unless you're trying to establish birding as an extreme sport []
This idiot proposal has to be stopped!

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