Pedestrian Crossing for 'The Avenue, Mount Saint Thomas'
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Mount Saint Thomas Primary School is a wonderful School situated in the tranquil, leafy suburb of Mount Saint Thomas, Wollongong. It services the suburbs of Mount Saint Thomas, Mangerton, as well as small parts of Coniston and Figtree, with 329 students enrolled in 2016.
With nearly the entire feeder zone within walking distance from the School many students choose, and are encouraged, to take the healthy option and either walk or ride their bicycle to school! Unfortunately, a significant percentage of these students are required to cross 'The Avenue', a busy local road, in order to complete their journey.
'The Avenue' is one of the main 'feeder' roads in the local area and gets particularly busy at times when people generally travel to and from work - which unfortunately coincide with the times that students are generally travelling to and from school. It is, therefore, quite extraordinary that there is no pedestrian crossing or other suitable traffic safety device to assist children to cross the road safely.
For years local residents, and particularly the parents of children who attend Mount Saint Thomas Primary School, have been asking why there is no pedestrian crossing to ensure the safety of their children and support them choosing the healthy option of walking or riding to school. However, tired of waiting for something to happen by itself, we have started this petition to implore the Wollongong Local Council to do this small thing that will make a big difference to our community.
A pedestrian crossing on 'The Avenue' at Mount Saint Thomas will make it safer for students to walk or ride to school and consequently encourage more students to do so. This, in turn, will reduce the number of parents who opt to drive their children the short distance to school because they deem it is simply unsafe for them to walk or ride.
Safer, healthier children! Less pollution, healthier air! Sounds like a cause worth getting behind, don't you think!
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