Crossing call after pedestrian death Laura Pond
A DIANELLA woman says more needs to be done for pedestrian safety after the death of a man on Yirrigan Drive in July.
Leanne McShane no longer feels comfortable crossing the road near Coralberry Crescent, where the 91-year-old man died on July 2.
She is calling for a formal pedestrian crossing at the site to enable people to safely access The Square Mirrabooka.
“It’s a bit of a race track on Yirrigan Drive,” she said.
“More people would use it if it was safer to use.”
Ms McShane’s parents live nearby and she crosses the road daily but purposely avoids the area where the crash occurred.
“I saw the aftermath of the accident and I thought for a moment it was my dad,” she said.
“I worry about my dad using it.”
City of Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said there were three reported crashes between 2011 and 2016 at the Yirrigan and Coralberry intersection and none involved pedestrians.
He said the only complaint received about the crossing was from Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson, who was contacted by Ms McShane.
“The crossing at this location is not considered inherently dangerous, as it requires a twostaged crossing movement, taking account of traffic from one direction at a time,” he said.
“There are many similar mid-block pedestrian crossings on many dual carriageway roads in the City with equal or greater traffic flows.”
Mr Giamov said following an assessment by the City it believed the crossing would not be approved by Main Roads.
“For pedestrians who do not feel comfortable crossing the road at this unsignalised location, there are two signalised intersections within close proximity at Dianella Drive and at Sudbury Road that may facilitate a safer crossing movement for pedestrians,” he said.
The City will review if further safety improvements can be made.
Ms Sanderson said she was disappointed with the response.
Leanne McShane at the Coralberry Crescent and Yirrigan Drive intersection.