A fight that has been going on for several years has finally resulted in a successful outcome for road safety campaigners looking to get a pedestrian crossing installed on a local road.
The road in question is the A84 in Doune, Perthshire. It is regularly used by numerous pedestrians who have to try and cross the busy road without the aid of a crossing. Finally the local council has agreed to provide the crossing in association with Transport Scotland, who will install the crossing itself.
Early reports suggest it will be a toucan crossing, which is designed specifically so that cyclists can use it as well as pedestrians. It is thought this will be the ideal choice since many school children use the route and need to be able to do so safely.
The road safety campaigners have tirelessly worked and campaigned for several years to get to this stage, and they are delighted with the outcome. Indeed, the councillors at Stirling Council have also expressed their satisfaction at getting Transport Scotland to agree to the installation. It is unclear when the installation will take place, but no doubt the residents of Doune will celebrate the day it can finally be used.
How dangerous can it be to cross roads?
Roads can be dangerous to pedestrians when they wish to cross them. This is particularly true of busy roads and those where the traffic tends to be fast-moving. If there is no pedestrian crossing of any kind available, the consequences of trying to cross a busy road can be devastating. An accident involving a pedestrian is far more likely to result in serious injuries or even a fatality if there is a higher speed involved. This makes the appropriate placement of pedestrian crossings incredibly important if safety is going to be the main aim on any road.
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Date Published: November 17, 2014
Author: David Brown