The Courier Mail,January 28, 2020
Pedestrian safety focus for Greens to get children walking to school
Forty new safe pedestrian crossings are earmarked for Coorparoo Ward under a policy from Greens council candidates to make it safer for children to walk to school.
The Greens have announced a citywide pedestrian safety plan during “back to school” week, pledging to make it safer for children to walk to school. Greens council candidates have promised 1000 new safe pedestrian crossings and a 7am to 7pm 40kmh school zone trial, promising to bust traffic congestion, reduce injuries and create more connected neighbourhoods.
Greens council candidate for Coorparoo Sally Dillon said the policy would make a huge difference to the school-time rush on local roads.
“With such small school catchments at schools like East Brisbane, Buranda and Greenslopes, many of our students live really close to school, but still choose not to walk because they have to get across big roads like Logan Rd or Wellington Rd without safe crossings,” she said. “Our plan would deliver 40 new safe crossings for Coorparoo Ward, making walking or cycling to school a real option for local families. This means less cars on the road and more parks available around drop-off and pick-up times. It also means healthier kids, less pollution, lower emissions, and more connected communities.”
Ms Dillon said she would prioritise safe crossings and traffic lights at local hotspots that residents have said need upgrading, including:
— Replace the four-lane zebra crossing on Logan Rd at Taylor St with a signalised crossing.
— A safe crossing on Deshon St near Turbot Drive to provide access to the bike paths through The Common to Coorparoo Secondary College and the Coorparoo AFL fields.
■ Stones Corner
— Better synchronised lights outside Stones Corner Hotel.
■ East Brisbane
— A wombat crossing (elevated pedestrian crossing) on Stanley St East near Withington St to replace the existing zebra crossing.
— A wombat crossing on Mowbray Terrace between Rosslyn and Sinclair to allow Churchie and East Brisbane students to walk to school and to Williamina Park.
— A wombat crossing replacing the zebra crossing on Dunellan St outside Greenslopes State School.
— A pedestrian-focused solution to the dangerous intersection of Harries Rd and Old Cleveland Rd.
■ Camp Hill
— A wombat crossing on the slip lane on Wiles St in the slip lane at Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School.
Penny-farthing champion enters the race for Brisbane City Hall
One of the more colourful candidates has emerged from the starting gate in the race for the Brisbane council ward of Coorparoo – world champion penny-farthing racer Sally Dillon.
Former world champion penny-farthing racer Sally Dillon has emerged as one of the more colourful candidates running for council in March 2020. The former radio journalist, Lonely Planet book editor, community campaigner and mother of three boys launched her campaign as The Greens candidate for Coorparoo on Saturday.
The Buranda resident was seen riding her penny-farthing at the recent Ride to Work Day event from South Bank to the city and has vowed to take the high wheel on the campaign trail with her, dropping in to cafes to meet residents.
“It’s my favourite bike. I’ve done the Brisbane to Gold Coast ride on it,” she said.
The high wheel may be a regular site around Coorparoo with Greens council candidate Sally Dillon taking her penny-farthing on the campaign trail.
“I like to ride to local cafes on it because it just makes people smile. People want to talk to me about it. I’m letting people know if they see me – I don’t think there’s too many penny-farthings cruising around the Coorparoo Ward – to come over and say hello and tell me about what their issues are in the community. At the café recently one lovely lady said to me ‘if you can ride that thing you’ve got my vote’.”
Ms Dillon first got involved in riding the penny-farthing competitively about 20 years ago when she was living in Melbourne through friends who collected antique bikes.
“We did a lot of parades and I’d ride a beautiful, original ladies high-wheel tricycle. One day I turned up and my mate said we need more women riding penny-farthings; I think you should ride one today. So we did a couple of laps in their street in Richmond and then I got hooked. Once you ride one you just love it.
“A second hand bike came up in Brisbane, I bought it and a week later I was touring on my penny-farthing in New Zealand and racing. My first race was the New Zealand penny-farthing championships in Oamaru. I went in it just to participate but the racing fever took over and I won so I was the New Zealand Ladies penny-farthing champion.”
She has since won 24 national medals, regularly attending the annual national penny-farthing championships in Evandale in Tasmania and there are five penny-farthings in the household with her whole family racing.