Provide safe pedestrian crossings on Racecourse Road Pakenham to promote community safety
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Racecourse Road, located in Pakenham Victoria lacks safe pedestrian crossing for local families to use.
At this present time, Racecourse Road only has one available safe crossing, suitable for pedestrian use which is located near the milk bar, on the corner of Cameron way and Racecourse Road. The crossing provided is not suitable for pedestrian use. The reason is because Racecourse Road can get very busy to the point where it is only possible for you to cross one of the two lanes at a time. This forces the pedestrian to cross the first section of road then remain standing in the centre of the small road island provided, with cars driving on either side driving at 60 kilometers per hour. Racecourse Road did have two suitable pedestrian crossings. The other one was located near the Cardinia Waters Village. This has now been removed due to the development of an estate being built on the opposite side of Racecourse Road, necessitating a future upgrade of the road.
Being a local member of the area for so many years, I have had the opportunity to identify and acknowledge the issues which stem from the minimal access to safe pedestrian crossings. Racecourse road has an estate of houses on each side of the road; one is closed off to all other roads with the only access being from Racecourse Road and the other estate contains a Kindergarten and Maternal Child Healthcare Nurse towards the back of the estate.
For parents and young families to take their children to the Kindergarten or Maternal Child Healthcare Nurse they need to be able to cross the roads safely. Many primary and secondary students, both with and without parents, also attempt to cross the main road so that they may attend school on time, situated on the other side of Pakenham. This normally occurs near the Barrington Drive and Simon Drive intersection on Racecourse Road and can sometimes leave pedestrians waiting over 10 minutes, depending on the traffic and time of day. If a change is not made soon we may lose lives due to the nonexistence of safe pedestrian crossings on Racecourse Road.
For Racecourse road to become more pedestrian friendly, additional pedestrian crossings should be added to Racecourse Road, suitable for the use of young families. The crossings need to be wide enough for families, prams and wheelchairs to wait safely in the middle as traffic travels at 60 kilometres per hour along Racecourse road. A new crossing should be placed near the Barrington Drive and Simon Drive intersection on Racecourse Road and the other pre-existing crossing, located near the milk bar, should be upgraded to a more appropriate crossing. Racecourse road should also add an additional crossing located in front of the Cardinia Club to accommodate for the elderly pedestrians who travel to and from the RSL.
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