Safe pedestrian crossing for Elizabeth Street (between Bell street and Murray road)

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There's a clear need for a safe pedestrian crossing between Bell Street Preston and Murray Road Coburg North/ West Preston. 

Elizabeth Street is a current barrier when accessing the Merri Creek path or Nicholson Street trams by foot or bike from West Preston. Significant numbers of school children also cross at this dangerous point on their way to Coburg High. 

Obviously the number of school children crossing here is currently reduced during the COVID19 pandemic, however this issue remains high as more people are exercising along the Merri Creek trail during this period, and when we're 'out the other side' of the pandemic the issue will continue for school children and bike, foot and public transport commuters. 

The lack of footpath on the Coburg Cemetery side of the road means the only safe crossing is 500 metres away (in the wrong direction) at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Murray Road. As a result, pedestrians and bicyclists are waiting unnecessarily long periods of time to cross safely. 

Moreland City Council have advised that they would support the installation of a pedestrian signal crossing. 

Darebin City Council have noted the communities preferred location for a safe pedestrian crossing on Elizabeth St near Raymond St and Goff St in their updated Streets for People Preston Activity Link project.