Broadway Roundabout, Bebington - Make it Safe for Walking
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On December 2nd 2020 a 77 year old man was struck and killed by a driver while walking just off Broadway roundabout in Bebington, Wirral.
The collision is under investigation but it is clear to anyone who has crossed the road on foot at Broadway roundabout that it is not safe for pedestrians to cross. There is nothing to slow drivers on the approach to this busy junction. A search on crashmap.co.uk shows that the was the 6th serious collision on the roundabout since November 2015.
Another serious crash will most likely take place next year and another the year after that. Why should we wait? The junction is not safe. Make it safe!
Often the excuse for a lack of action will be that there is not enough pedestrian footfall at this junction. This is no longer an option. Our roads are so unsafe that people actively avoid walking. Also, there is often an excuse that not enough collisions have occurred. Is one fatality and 5 other injuries enough for action? How many more do we have to wait for?
Government analysis shows that on average, a fatal collision on our roads costs society £2,000,000. Why can’t a fraction of that money instead be spent keeping our friends and family safe from harm? Why is it OK to pay for the death of someone but not invest in protecting them?
We demand that Wirral Council take immediate action to make the junction safe for everyone before another serious injury or fatality takes place. Drivers must be forced to slow down on the approach to the roundabout by means of infrastructure such as raised crossings.
Wirral Council has indicated that pedestrians will be at the top of the hierarchy of roads users but they now need to walk the walk on road safety - the era of the climate emergency demands that the simple act of walking is made safe for all. Pedestrians need safe crossings and must have priority at junctions.
Making Broadway roundabout safe as a matter of urgency would represent a clear prioritisation of this goal.
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