Create a pedestrian crossing to protect children heading to/from school in Streatham.

Create a pedestrian crossing to protect children heading to/from school in Streatham.

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Liz Clow started this petition to Lambeth Council

Streatham Vale has an expanding all-through primary & secondary school - Woodmansterne School - opening up hundreds of places for children from 5-18 years old over the coming years.

Although there are pedestrian crossings on the busiest road - 'Streatham Vale' - there are not any to support people travelling from the opposite direction - those coming along Glencairn road (under the railway bridge at the bottom end of the road).  Many children and their families have to cross the busy junction on Sherwood Avenue/Glencairn Road, which is dangerous and difficult to navigate for both pedestrians and drivers. 

Many children are walking to/from school alone or with their friends and this will only increase as the secondary population grows and the pupils travel independently.  As a parent you can prepare your children and give them advice on road safety, however there comes a point where a junction is just overly difficult and risky due to the amount of traffic, the limited gaps in that traffic flow and the number of directions you have to consider before stepping out.  

At busy times in the morning and afternoon, the route is used by vehicles cutting through Streatham Vale - drivers rushing to get to work or doing the school run themselves.  As a sometimes-pedestrian, sometimes-driver I appreciate the difficulty of the junction regardless of whether on foot or in a car.

I have witnessed near-misses as children have stepped into the road, only for a car to come along and have to stop suddenly.  I've seen well-intentioned drivers stop on Sherwood Avenue and allow pedestrians to cross, causing vehicles behind them to nearly crash into the back of them or for drivers coming the other way to not stop, again causing a risk to the pedestrians.

It's tricky as the cars are moving quickly and as a pedestrian you have to look in multiple directions and go quickly when there is a gap.  It's made even more difficult because the junction with Sherwood Av and Gleinster Park Road is just a few metres away.  

This junction isn't just used by children and families and not just for travelling to/from school - it gets busy at evenings and weekends as well.  I'm truly concerned and fear there will be a serious incident there soon.

The aim of this petition is to raise support for a pedestrian crossing at the junction - enabling people to cross Sherwood Avenue safely.  I will be bringing this petition to the attention of Streatham South Councillors and Lambeth Council urging them to take action.

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