Pelican Crossing On Salisbury Road near Bridge Road, Stanmore, NSW

Pelican Crossing On Salisbury Road near Bridge Road, Stanmore, NSW

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Jenny's Kindergarten Stanmore started this petition to Inner West Council

On behalf of our little learners, our families, our educators and the local community, Jenny’s Kindergarten and Early Learning Stanmore is writing to implore the Inner West Council to put the well-being of our community at the forefront and install a Pelican crossing along Salisbury Road, preferably, near Bridge Road, to ensure the safety of all pedestrians using this very popular road, so the otherwise inevitable does not happen.

Salisbury Road is one of the main roads in Stanmore and leads to Stanmore train station and the shopping village. Salisbury road is also very popular amongst cyclists and the locals enjoy walks to Bain playground and Whitley Reserve. Hundreds of children, families, and members of community cross Salisbury Road daily to attend early childhood services, catch the train or go to the shops. 

Our 103-place long day care is located at the intersection of Albany Road and the very busy Bridge Road. 130m away from our service is another 24-place early learning facility on Salisbury Road. Jenny’s Kindergarten and Early Learning Stanmore operates from 6.30am to 6.30pm. Peak traffic coincides with pick up and drop off times and with the majority of our families living locally, many of our children come to school on foot. During the cooler months, by 5.30pm, it is pitch black outside. Visibility is naturally poor. These combined with the rush of peak hour traffic, with even the most sensible drivers driving 50km/hour, make the prefect recipe for disaster waiting to happen on the roads. Kindly note that there are no immediate school zones in the area to slow traffic down either.

It has been well-documented that young children are at greater risk on the roads. Children can get easily distracted on the streets and given their height, drivers may not always be able to see them. According to Transport NSW, “children are more likely to be injured close to home, often in their own street” and by adults “holding their hands when walking and teaching them safe behaviour, grown-ups can protect them from danger and help them become safer pedestrians.” (https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/children/index.html)

Road safety is an integral part of our curriculum, especially in facilitating the transition of pre-school children to primary school. More importantly, the Early Years Leaning Framework, emphasises the importance of young children experiencing a sense of belonging to their community through excursions and the exploration of their community. Our past excursions to Bain Playground have seen us allocating an educator to stop the traffic so our children can safely cross the road which completely goes against all the road safety lessons we have implemented. Given the level of risk this involves; we’ve had to stop our excursions.

From Bridge Road to Stanmore train station, the only safe place to cross along the route is the Pelican crossing at Stanmore train station. The only other controlled traffic lights available is 1km away at the intersection of Cardigan Lane and Salisbury Road with no pedestrian crossings of any kind in between. This results in pedestrians, often parents with prams or holding young children’s hands, having to dodge cars and car transporter trucks on Salisbury Road to get to the other side of the street. Installing a Pelican crossing on Salisbury Road near Bridge Road would benefit the entire Inner West community. It would make it safer for pedestrians to cross the road.

The children, families and educators at Jenny’s Kindergarten and Early Learning Stanmore are seriously concerned. It is a wonder that there have been no fatalities as yet. We therefore urge the Inner West Council to take a proactive stance and install a Pelican crossing on Salisbury Road near Bridge Road. Jenny’s Kindergarten Stanmore has started this petition to reach out to all families and pedestrians to make their voices heard so we can all safely be a part of this growing community.

 

 

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