NO LIGHT RELIEF FOR MISSING BUS
IT’S welcome news that Hobart’s new Lord Mayor wants to increase times for pedestrians to cross at traffic lights (“Time to boost Hobart walks”, Mercury, November 10).
Trying to cross over to Franklin Square at the corner of Elizabeth and Macquarie streets is a nightmare. I’ve lost count of the number of buses I’ve missed, stuck at the lights while watching an endless stream of cars which are privileged over the poor, hapless pedestrians.
Recently I timed the lights at 5pm when so many city workers are heading home. There were six seconds for the green pedestrian light, nine seconds on flashing red and approximately a minute and a half before the next green pedestrian light came on.
It’s so frustrating to be standing idle at the kerb, only to see your bus departing at Franklin Square and know you might have at least a 30-minute wait before your next bus arrives.
It’s no wonder I see so many people risking life and limb by dashing across the intersection against a red light.
If we’re supposed to use bus transport more often to relieve traffic congestion in the city, at least make lights at this intersection more pedestrianfriendly so we don’t miss the bus! Wendy Pearson Sandy Bay