Council will be trialling reduced speed limits on Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby, and installing a new pedestrian crossing at the eastern end of the street, with signage going in and road painting and marking starting Monday (2 August).
The safety initiatives are part of the grant-funded Talking Street program which aims to make the Mullumbimby town centre a better and safer place for people to relax, enjoy and shop.
“We want to give everyone a heads up as they will see new speed signs going up in Burringbar Street and traffic speed will be reduced from 50km per hour to 30km per hour from next week,” Council’s Place Activation Coordinator, Rob van Iersel said.
“Weather depending, this work will be followed by the installation of a new pedestrian crossing which we are trialling at the eastern end of the street, in front of the Commonwealth Bank – and we will be touching up painting of the existing pedestrian crossing at the western end of the street too,” he said.
“Lastly, we’ll be trialling the temporary narrowing of traffic lanes at the Burringbar Street and Stuart Street intersection which is designed to provide the visual cues needed to slow motorists down.
“All of these changes are on trial as part of Mullumbimby’s Talking Street project and we will be asking the community to continue giving us feedback over coming months.”
“The idea is that if the community really loves one or several aspects of what has been introduced, Council can look at finding funding to keep these initiatives in place,” Mr van Iersel said.
The Talking Street project trial runs until the end of December 2021.
The trial includes two pop-up parklets which have been in place near the intersection of Burringbar St and Stuart St since March.
“Our intention is to move the parklets to different locations over coming months to test where the need is greatest and what sort of layout and design works best,” Mr van Iersel said.
Council is also seeking Expressions of Interest from businesses in Mullumbimby who would like to install their own parklet on Burringbar Street. These parklets, which can provide additional outside seating space for nearby businesses, will be located in existing unused ‘triangles’ between garden beds and parking spaces.