Help for cars on ‘blind corner’?

2016-02-23 06:00

A resident has formally applied for traffic-calming measures after a fatal accident at the intersection of Kloof and Clifton roads. Her application appeared at last week’s Good Hope Subcouncil meeting.

Clifton resident Tamra Capstick-Dale submitted the application, stating that cars travelling on Kloof Road in Clifton through the Glen towards and from the Table Mountain turnoff tend to drive faster than the speed limit. This creates a danger for cars turning out of Clifton Road, “which is a blind corner”.

In December, she says, a cyclist was killed at this intersection by a truck due to these conditions.

“You take your life in your hands every morning when turning right out of Clifton Road,” she says. “This is a popular cycling route and cars should be heavily motivated to slow down.”

The corner, which offers poor visibility for cars turning in both directions, has resulted in four accidents in one year, Capstick-Dale says.

In addition, traffic along Clifton Road, which is a cul-de-sac, “appears to travel much too fast for a residential street”. This is a danger for children playing in the street, Capstick-Dale says.

Ward councillor Jacques Weber says her concerns were brought to his attention after the fatal road accident last year. He had received only “one or two complaints” about the intersection before that.

However, Weber cautions, applications for traffic calming are often a lengthy exercise.

The application will be forwarded to the City of Cape Town’s transport department to investigate. The department will then release a report, which may indicate the accidents are a result of a “speed issue”, says Weber.

After this speed cameras may be installed for further investigation. If it is then found that traffic-calming measures are a suitable solution, it will go onto the City’s priority list for traffic calming and will have to wait until there is budget.

Residents have expressed an interest in helping to fund traffic-calming measures, Capstick-Dale says.

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