Chil­dren safer with cross­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Post­gate School stu­dents can walk to and from school safely af­ter a pedes­trian cross­ing was in­stalled on Omapere St last week.

Porirua City coun­cil­lor Anita Baker has been ag­i­tat­ing for the cross­ing for the en­tire two years she has been on coun­cil, and said she and school par­ents were thrilled with the re­sult.

Stu­dents were risk­ing their lives daily cross­ing busy Omapere St, where speeds of 60kph in a 50kph zone are com­mon, she said.

Ms Baker had threat­ened to paint white lines on the road her­self on the first day of school un­less the cross­ing was in­stalled.

In­stalling the cross­ing shouldn’t have taken as long as it did, and coun­cil of­fi­cers should re­con­sider its pol­icy of judg­ing road safety by traf­fic vol­umes alone, she said.

The cross­ing is on Omapere St just south of Post­gate Dr, by the BP petrol sta­tion, just where a walk­way from Post­gate School ends.

A bus stop on the spot has been re­moved, as there is an­other one around the cor­ner on Spin­naker Dr.

An­other cross­ing, with­out white lines but with an is­land in the mid­dle of the road, has been added on Staithes Dr South.

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