Urgent Pedestrian Crossings or Traffic Lights required for the safety of Pedestrians

Urgent Pedestrian Crossings or Traffic Lights required for the safety of Pedestrians

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Kapil Thakkar started this petition to Jaala Pulford (Minister for Road Safety and the TAC) and

Urgent Pedestrian crossings or Traffic lights required to help pedestrians cross the road safely on Leakes Road (patch between Tarneit Road and Derrimut Road). Refer to the map.

It is very scary pedestrian specially Kids and Seniors crossing roads to attend school and activities on the other side of the road without any safety measures in place.

Issue:

Please refer to the map, there are no safety traffic lights nor a pedestrian crossing for this patch of Leakes Road, (patch between Tarneit Road and Derrimut Road).

Why urgent action required:

1. Tarneit P9 and College both are on one side of the Leakes road and the opposite side there is a massive residential estate, maximum kids from this estate are studying at P9 and have to cross the road everyday alone or along with parents, I have witnessed multiple times kids just running across the road, which is very very dangerous as the road is zoned 70km/h, even during the school times. If they have to use the Traffic lights, they will need to walk too much in either direction, considering factors like weather, safety, age, I don’t think it is fair to walk kms to use the safety lights.

2. Residents, specially seniors also use the Community Center for various activities which is across the road too and it will become convenient if there was a proper safety crossing, as currently they are risking their lives to cross the roads. 

3. There is a huge Play ground and an Oval on the school side of Leakes road which is used by the residents and due to not having appropriate safety crossing in place, many occasions they have to drive or just drop the option to take kids to these facilities.

4. Tarneit Gardens Shopping center is a walking distance to this estate as well but car is needed to access it too as it is practically not possible to walk to it.

5. Also, there are bus stop on both side of this patch and people on boarding or off boarding the buses have no option other than risking their life’s while crossing to go either side.

Action Requested:  

Immediate and long-term solution requested:

1. Reducing traffic speed down to 40km/h for this patch during school hours, as quickly as possible.

2. Safety crossing aid specially School Crossing Supervisor (Lollipop Person) allocated for this patch for school times which will reduce a possibility of any major accidents.

3. Permanent Traffic Lights and Zebra crossing ideally near Cross way Avenue T Section or Monument Drive T Section will be life savior for our residents.

4. More lights on this patch especially near bus stop so Pedestrian and Drivers both can have clear visibility.

We request and urge for an urgent action on this requirement as it is very serious, and negligence can lead to accidents.

 

 

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