Busy crosswalk needs a red light
Over the last year and a half I have regularly walked my young child to L’Etoile de L’Acadie on Inglis Street in Sydney using the Prince and Inglis crosswalk.
When the crossing guard is available to stop traffic to assist us across the street we have encountered a significant amount of dangerous situations. Many times vehicles do not stop for the flashing yellow light that is available, regardless of whether or not a crossing guard is present. Other times cars seem to speed up to make it across the crosswalk before we reach the lane they are driving in, perhaps to avoid waiting the 15-20 seconds it would take us to cross the street.
I suggest that this crosswalk requires a red light to stop traffic at the crosswalk.
Requiring drivers to stop and wait for pedestrians to cross the width of Prince Street seems to be the best solution at this point. Drivers need to be more careful and regard the crosswalk and people crossing it with more concern than is currently demonstrated. Prince Street is a very large street with a great volume of traffic. Moreover, the crosswalk is situated on a hill, which may make it difficult for drivers to stop in icy or snowy conditions during the winter. We do not need to wait for someone to be hit by a car to recognize that the crosswalk is a hazard to walk.
The crosswalk is situated in a school zone, which requires that drivers slow to 30 km/h when children are present. Unfortunately, this law is consistently not respected by drivers. Rarely have I witnessed a driver slow to 30 km/h while I am walking my child to school. It is completely unacceptable that the speed limit is not enforced in the area adjacent to a K-12 school. It is furthermore frightening and sickening that drivers attend so carelessly to the safety and wellbeing of people, including little children, crossing to and from school.
I have spoken to many people who have aimed to address this dangerous crosswalk in the past and those who are concerned about the situation. I have gathered a number of signatures on a petition and have asked the CBRM Public Engineering and Works department to consider a light that will stay red when pedestrians push a button. I have seen this approach work elsewhere and we have recommended it as a workable solution to the problem of crossing Prince Street.
Please consider adding your voice to address this issue. Let’s hope that a better solution to crossing Prince Street is possible before anyone is seriously injured.
Sylvia Burrow Sydney