|Posted on Monday, 16 January, 2006 - 07:50 am: |
This may have been mentioned before but I am staggered at the dangerous pedestrian crossing that has been installed just past Dacres Rd Junction towards Catford.
Crossing from the other side towards Dacres Road is a nightmare.
I consider myself fairly fit but even I have to run.
There is no way to see a car or they see you until the last seconds
|Posted on Tuesday, 17 January, 2006 - 08:57 pm: |
Presumably this pedestrian refuge has been put there to shorten the distance pedestrians have to run for cover and to slow the traffic down!
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 January, 2006 - 04:41 pm: |
Yes I cannot believe it. I may be 56 but I can still move quite fast and only just make the middle.
An incredibly dangerous place for a crossing
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 January, 2006 - 08:39 pm: |
Is the crossing near Christchurch school? If not I can't think where it would be.
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 January, 2006 - 10:14 pm: |
I think that is the one Brian is talking about.
My recollection is that it has been demolished/removed and replaced once already. So possibly the siting is debatable.
It probably is a dangerous place to cross. I usually cross further up towards Forest Hill.
I think I have already given a clue that that these refuges are not always there for pedestrians but are placed in attempt to slow down traffic.
Sadly our police force refuse to enforce speed restrictions. I understand that several of them are otherwise engaged as magicians or musicians etc..
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 January, 2006 - 11:42 pm: |
I believe local councils will or have the power to fine motorists for minor offences don't know if speeding is one. It may be how 20mph zones will be enforced?
|Posted on Thursday, 19 January, 2006 - 01:21 pm: |
A man was knocked down at this spot about 7 years ago, and eventually died from his injuries. I attended his inquest as a witness. The key conclusion was that the driver was not at fault, as there were no street lights ( they weren't working) and no one could have reasonably seen the man crossing the road. A fair conclusion- I used to live in Vale Lodge and witnessed all sorts of accidents. I believe the crossing was installed as a result, but originally sited by the contractor in the wrong place, so it had to be done again. The garden wall at Vale Lodge was always being knocked down due to speeding traffic. Its a real accident site, so if people aren't feeling safer with this crossing then it may warrant resiting. Not sure who the Councillors are down there, but clearly something needs to be done if people can't use it safely.
|Posted on Thursday, 19 January, 2006 - 09:58 pm: |
I would suggest that you do not use this crossing as the view is restricted. It may be safe crossing one way, but not the other. It also has another function to slow traffic down. So resiting it may not be an option.
|Posted on Monday, 23 January, 2006 - 11:47 am: |
I is a diabolical place to site a crossing. Would appreciate Councillors opinion on this. Should be towards Woolston Road near bus stop
|Posted on Wednesday, 25 January, 2006 - 11:17 am: |
There are only two types of pedestrian in Forest Hill - the quick and the dead!