Nobody does anything. Elderly people can struggle out there.
SOME have made it through fierce battles but many Pt Chevalier RSA members aren’t convinced they will survive Great North Rd.
The club hopes its latest call for a pedestrian crossing outside its clubrooms won’t fall on deaf ears after another death on the road.
‘‘It’s really bad, something has to be done before another person is killed,’’ club vice president Andrea Twydle says.
Susana Hutchinson was crossing from the Kiwi Rd side of Great North Rd to the RSA when she was struck by a city-bound car on April 24.
She died two days later and police are still investigating the crash.
The site is a known to be a blackspot and four pedestrians have been hit there in the last five years.
In 2009 another woman died when she was hit by a car outside the RSA.
‘‘There have been a lot of near misses as well,’’ Mrs Twydle says.
‘‘The only problem nobody does anything.
‘‘Elderly people can struggle out there.
‘‘You get the odd one who will stand out there waiting for someone to help them
is over the road because they are getting scared to cross,’’ she says.
The issue has been ongoing for the RSA, which started campaigning in the 1990s for a crossing.
A pedestrian refuge was installed in 2002 and it was reshaped in 2008 to stop motorists turning right from Kiwi Rd.
‘‘Since then traffic has absolutely doubled,’’ club president Horace Cadd says.
‘‘It was good at the time, but it is no good now,’’
Nearly all of the accidents have happened around twilight.
Mr Cadd says at the very least the pedestrian refuge needs to be better lit.
Auckland Transport expects to complete an investigation into the latest incident by June, and will consider safety improvements.
Albert-Eden Local Board member Graeme Easte says the issue is long standing but a crossing may not be the answer.
‘‘It’s a tricky one. With so many commercial entrances and exits on both sides of the road the options for putting in a crossing are limited,’’ Mr Easte says.
He says the refuge is fairly close to another crossing and the number of people need-
it would be relatively ing low.
‘‘You need a certain number of pedestrians to have a fully fledged crossing with all of the bells and whistles.
‘‘Paradoxically having a crossing that is rarely used can be unsafe. Some people may just drive through it,’’ he says.
‘‘The board has kept up the pressure to get some improvements, but it’s a difficult situation.
‘‘The board is keen to see a good outcome, but it might not necessarily be what some people are asking for,’’ he says.
Mr Easte says improving lighting, altering the pedestrian refuge and changing the road surface are options.
‘‘Various things are being looked at,’’ he says.
Do something: Pt Chevalier RSA vice president Andrea Twydle and president Horace Cadd hope the club will finally get the crossing it’s been asking for for more than a decade.