Walkers swerve for cars

2015-07-28 13:58
Residents who live along Military Road claim the pedestrian crossing and painted yield signs have not stopped some motorists from driving down the road at high speed. 

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ASTRID FEBRUARIE

Residents who live along Military Road claim the pedestrian crossing and painted yield signs have not stopped some motorists from driving down the road at high speed. PHOTO: ASTRID FEBRUARIE

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Despite traffic calming measures, in the form of painted yield signage and a pedestrian crossing, residents in Retreat claim motorists have not reduced their speeds when driving down Military Road.

The traffic calming measures were implemented about two years ago after requests from residents living on the corner of Military and Diamond roads.

Eric Bailey, chairperson of the Sheraton Park Residents and Ratepayers’ Association, says those who live in Diamond Road and surrounds have a hard time exiting the area due to the high speeds at which some motorists drive.

“We therefore requested traffic lights be installed, but instead they have implemented yield signs, which almost no-one adheres to,” she says.

Bailey says the main concern is that pedestrians are hardly given the opportunity to use the pedestrian crossing. With children having to cross the road in the morning and afternoons parents now have to escort their children to ensure their safety.

“We sometimes stand here for over ten minutes and even then when you can cross the road, you literally have to run across to avoid being knocked down,” he says.

Bailey adds that there is also no sign board to indicate that there is a painted yield sign or a pedestrian crossing, which he believes could be the reason why motorists do not yield or stop for pedestrians.

They are now suggesting that the ward councillor re-evaluate the road to see if that section of the road is suitable for traffic lights, pedestrian traffic lights or speed humps.

“This request is in the best interest of the community, motorists, our children and pedestrians. We do not want someone to get hurt first before anything is done. We need to be proactive,” Bailey says.

Ward councillor Marita Petersen says she is aware that despite the yield signs and pedestrian crossing drivers are not stopping for pedestrians as they should.

“We have received complaints from residents and pedestrians about motorists not adhering to the rules of the road and are monitoring this behaviour by setting up traffic operations,” she says.

Petersen says the traffic calming measures implemented on Military Road were part of a non-motorised transport upgrade about two years ago.

“We did this on request from residents and motorists in the community to reduce the speed of motorists.”

Petersen says she will request traffic lights at the intersection, but an evaluation would first need to be done.

“Further down Military Road traffic lights were installed due to traffic congestion at the Steenberg Villas and this has somewhat helped with the flow of the traffic. But we will take the concerns of the residents into consideration and then decide,” she says

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