farmer joe wrote:
Bigbird wrote: and the situation is that you have cars parked along verges, kids popping out from between those cars,
As I have said, if you are going to drop the speed also build the required infrastructure. Do ALL you can to protect our kids and don't rely on the easy way out. Cars should not be parked on verges (this should be policed at every school, every day) and kids shouldn't be "popping out" between cars.
That was my first point. Teach kids that getting hit by a car hurts and remove kids from unnecessary exposure to cars and roads.
No amount of teaching, policing or infrastructure is going to stop
(a) Idiots being idiots behind the wheel
(b) Children being children
It's simply an unrealistic and utopian viewpoint.
Looking at Aubin Grove, they have:
- 2x manned crossings (Traffic Wardens)
- Speed humps along roads
- Unmissable signage
- Recent redevelopment to increase parking bays and improve traffic flow and general safety (to reduce vehicles parked on verge and improve visibility)
- School employees regularly on the scene, providing support, directing traffic etc.
What kind of infrastructure would you suggest? Keeping in mind we are talking about public roads with housing. To then replicate that at every school (and fund it...)....I think you will find a massive amount of money has been spent around schools on infrastructure to provide adequate traffic and pedestrian control.
If you have kids, you will know that one of the first lessons you teach is road safety (along with stranger danger). Kids are impulsive though and tend only to listen to when it suits them (regardless of how much you beat them
). Picture a mother leaving school, pushing a pram, with a 2 year old toddler demanding attention and a five year old child in tow. Said child sees friend from school on the other side of the road and makes a dash. It's impulsive and a common situation for a parent to find themselves in. Now if that parent is even slightly distracted...you have a recipe for disaster. Times that by how ever many school enrolments we have nationwide, twice a day, five days a week - situations like this are inevitable and you simply can't police against it.
You can build fences, tunnels, speed cushions, add signage...whatever....you can spend billions and at the end of the day, kids will be kids. Safety around schools is dependent on those caring for the kids and those driving vehicles in the vicinity. It massive part of this comes back to human behaviour...and as adults, we have to be responsible.