SIGNAGE SOLUTION: Opinons are divided as to whether new signs will improve safety on the Airlie Beach main street.
SIGNAGE SOLUTION: Opinons are divided as to whether new signs will improve safety on the Airlie Beach main street.

Signage debate on Airlie’s main street

CONFUSION over who has right of way at crossings on the Airlie Beach main street may now be alleviated thanks to the installation of some simple signs.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the signs, saying "Pedestrians only cross when road is clear" were installed on December 16 to make the main street as safe as possible for both foot and vehicle traffic.

Cr Whitney said the signs were installed after Council received a number of calls from both motorists and pedestrians querying who had right of way at the crossings.

She said the new signs, compliant with the Queensland Government Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices, clearly outlined the pedestrians' responsibility to give way to motorists, making the street safer for everyone.

Nonetheless, Airlie Beach businessman and Hogs Breath founder Don Algie is just one local resident who believes this is not the case. Mr Algie says the signs are too ambiguous and should instead state "Pedestrians give way to traffic" as they do on the Esplanade.

"Who says when it's clear?" he asked.

"If the car is 20 metres away does that mean it's clear?"

"I'm just as frustrated as the next guy who finishes up having pedestrians walk in front of him because they believe they have right of way."

Mr Algie says right of way is just one of many design-related problems on the main street, with other issues including use by heavy vehicle traffic and inappropriate sites for taxis, buses and loading zones.

"Every 100 metres there's a loading zone - surely we don't need that many and surely we don't need 10-tonne trucks to deliver one box of french fries," he said.

"It's not meant to be a [big] commercial main street."


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