Crossing must be worry for parents
SHARED road space has worked harmoniously in Ashford for a long time before the “revolutionary” concept was applied to the former ring road. The shared space in New Rents and adjoining roads has worked because pedestrians assume priority. Motorists recognise this and drive accordingly. In Elwick Road and Bank Street, the concept of vehicles and pedestrians having equal rights to the same space has yet to be proved. In those areas, pedestrians still walk on the pavements and motorists keep to the roads. Therefore it is not surprising that there have been no reported incidents of injury. Pedestrians feel vulnerable and don’t tempt fate by walking in the road. The person to be lauded is not the architect of the shared space concept but the person who, years ago, came up with the idea of pedestrian precincts. Keeping motorists and pedestrians apart has stood the test of time. The initial barrage of complaints from motorists and pedestrians about the controlled crossings along the ring road has fallen silent. Why? Motorists have had no alternative but to accept the long delays. But pedestrians are so frustrated by the system that they tend to ignore the signals and use their judgement as to when it is safe to cross. That is fine for most people. But it must be worrying for young parents trying to teach their children that it is not safe to cross until the green man symbol appears.