Long wait as cars speed

2016-02-02 06:00
Factreton resident Geraldine Morris pours sand on Acre Road in an attempt to stop motorists from speeding.

Factreton resident Geraldine Morris pours sand on Acre Road in an attempt to stop motorists from speeding.

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Residents of Acre Road in Factreton feel they have waited too long to get traffic-calming measures in their street. They are losing hope.

Having their children play outside scares them because of speeding motorists.

Almost three years ago two young cousins were knocked down by a man riding a motorcycle. The accident left them with back, neck and head injuries as well as severe bruises (“Motorbike rams two toddlers”, People’s Post, 21 May 2013).

Promises, promisesAfter the incident the then ward councillor promised that a plan would be made for traffic-calming measures, but residents are still waiting.

Residents are now singing a petition to raise awareness of their demand ror traffic-calming measures.

Chanell Steenveldt, a mother of two, says they can’t watch and do nothing anymore.

“No-one is safe here. Drivers speed a lot, We really want speed humps, because this road is like a main road,” she says.

The petition is being facilitated by the Factreton Community Development Organisation (Facdo), which the residents approached to get the ball rolling.

Ricardo van Niekerk, chairperson of Facdo, says as a community worker and resident of Factreton he is concerned, as cars are driving recklessly on this road.

No complaints to CityBrett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says they are not aware of any recent complaints about speeding cars on Acre Road.

“The last complaints about speeding on that road were received in 2010. At that time, the complaints related to a sharp bend in Acre Road where motorists seemed to have lost control over their cars as they were travelling at speeds in excess of the desired approach speed for a horizontal curve of this nature.

“Last year, Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, added additional road markings and kerb markings. No further complaints have been received since then.”

He adds the City has received a couple of requests for additional traffic calming along Acre Road, but the road does not meet the necessary criteria for additional traffic-calming measures at this stage.

“It must be said, though, that effective traffic law enforcement and driver behaviour are just as important as traffic-calming measures. The City implemented traffic-calming measures on that road in 2012 already: a marked pedestrian crossing with one speed hump on either side of the pedestrian crossing was implemented along Acre Road between Twelfth and Thirteenth avenues in the interest of pedestrians crossing the road to and from the station.

“No additional measures are planned to be implemented,” says Herron.

He advises that residents who want to request traffic-calming measures must apply through their ward councillor.

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