Skaters, cars share space safely

2016-04-26 06:00

Skateboarder safety is set to get a boost after the installation of new signage around the Sea Point Civic Centre.

Directional signage has been installed to indicate the traffic flow system as well as warning signs for motorists about the dual use of the area being for motor vehicles and skateboarders, says ward councillor Jacques Weber.

The signage was installed following a complaint from a resident who felt there was a risk to motor vehicle drivers and skateboarders for potential accidents.

“I was not in favour of banning skateboarders from this area and therefore came up with a traffic flow solution that would minimise risk to both users of this area,” Weber says.

“We do not have skateboard facilities within the ward and I did not feel it was fair to ban them from an off-street parking area, especially if the Road Traffic Act does not allow them to use a public road for their activities.”

The signage cost around R20 000 to install, Weber says. The new signage should warn both drivers and skateboarders to be cautious when using the area, Weber says.

“The new traffic flow plan allows for a greater sight distance when using the area and therefore motorists would be able to see if skateboarders are coming down the ramp. Previously they both used the same lane limiting the sight distance,” he says.

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