People living in Malden Road, Cheam, in drive to make road safer

This Is Local London: The Malden Road crossing so often ignored The Malden Road crossing so often ignored

People power was out in full force yesterday to try and make an accident black spot safer.

Neighbours living in Malden Road, Cheam, carried out a survey to see how many pedestrians used the road’s zebra crossing and how many chose not to.

On June 4 we reported on a biker who was seriously injured on the road, where the number of accidents has piled up over the years.

Cheam Councillor Mary Burstow said: "I was shocked to see that between 8.00 and 9.00, 11 cars drove through the zebra crossing, whilst people were crossing or were waiting to cross. 

“We have taken their registration numbers and the police will be in contact with them."

In December last year a 12-year-old girl was knocked down by a car at the Malden Road crossing.
 

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8:11am Fri 27 Jun 14

PeterM says...

So here we have a normal pedestrian crossing, with belisha beacons and white paint that many motorists ignore, yet Sutton Council in their infinite wisdom have got rid of the ones in Hackbridge and opted for courtesy crossings that they hope drivers will adhere to.

Some hope.
So here we have a normal pedestrian crossing, with belisha beacons and white paint that many motorists ignore, yet Sutton Council in their infinite wisdom have got rid of the ones in Hackbridge and opted for courtesy crossings that they hope drivers will adhere to. Some hope. PeterM
  • Score: 24

8:51am Fri 27 Jun 14

Str8Talker27 says...

How many cars went through whilst people were ON the crossing, as that's when a vehicle MUST stop, when people are waiting to cross it is polite to stop not compulsory.
How many cars went through whilst people were ON the crossing, as that's when a vehicle MUST stop, when people are waiting to cross it is polite to stop not compulsory. Str8Talker27
  • Score: 20

11:27am Fri 27 Jun 14

al the taxi says...

sadly there are a lot of drivers who don't know the rules of the road,road crossings and roundabouts are a problem for some people and driving with foreign road licences does not help either.if you live here now you should be made to have a british driving test.
sadly there are a lot of drivers who don't know the rules of the road,road crossings and roundabouts are a problem for some people and driving with foreign road licences does not help either.if you live here now you should be made to have a british driving test. al the taxi
  • Score: 18

11:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

Mr S.P Williams says...

Great to see residents pulling together to highlight the dangers of this crossing point. Let's hope new measures can be put in to make this a safe crossing point for the many children and adults who use it. We don't want to see any more accidents on the Malden Road.
Great to see residents pulling together to highlight the dangers of this crossing point. Let's hope new measures can be put in to make this a safe crossing point for the many children and adults who use it. We don't want to see any more accidents on the Malden Road. Mr S.P Williams
  • Score: 13

2:42pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Michael Pantlin says...

PeterM wrote:
So here we have a normal pedestrian crossing, with belisha beacons and white paint that many motorists ignore, yet Sutton Council in their infinite wisdom have got rid of the ones in Hackbridge and opted for courtesy crossings that they hope drivers will adhere to.

Some hope.
Maybe next Sutton Council's Department of Bright Ideas will replace courtesy
crossings with honest jump or die crossings to speed up the traffic even more to the disadvantage of inconvenient pedestrians.
[quote][p][bold]PeterM[/bold] wrote: So here we have a normal pedestrian crossing, with belisha beacons and white paint that many motorists ignore, yet Sutton Council in their infinite wisdom have got rid of the ones in Hackbridge and opted for courtesy crossings that they hope drivers will adhere to. Some hope.[/p][/quote]Maybe next Sutton Council's Department of Bright Ideas will replace courtesy crossings with honest jump or die crossings to speed up the traffic even more to the disadvantage of inconvenient pedestrians. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 4

8:54pm Fri 27 Jun 14

utterrubbish says...

What about people who choose not to cross the road at crossings,but instead take their chances a few yards down the road,often with children in tow....were these people also looking out for and reporting them for idiocy?
As previously stated,stopping at these type of crossings when people are waiting to cross isnt compulsory,you only HAVE to stop if somebody is already crossing,theres obviously just not many nice people driving through cheam.
Hackbridge,as it stands,clearly relies on the common sense of both pedestrians and motorists alike....trouble being that common sense isnt all that common!
What about people who choose not to cross the road at crossings,but instead take their chances a few yards down the road,often with children in tow....were these people also looking out for and reporting them for idiocy? As previously stated,stopping at these type of crossings when people are waiting to cross isnt compulsory,you only HAVE to stop if somebody is already crossing,theres obviously just not many nice people driving through cheam. Hackbridge,as it stands,clearly relies on the common sense of both pedestrians and motorists alike....trouble being that common sense isnt all that common! utterrubbish
  • Score: 6

4:22pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Michael Pantlin says...

utterrubbish wrote:
What about people who choose not to cross the road at crossings,but instead take their chances a few yards down the road,often with children in tow....were these people also looking out for and reporting them for idiocy?
As previously stated,stopping at these type of crossings when people are waiting to cross isnt compulsory,you only HAVE to stop if somebody is already crossing,theres obviously just not many nice people driving through cheam.
Hackbridge,as it stands,clearly relies on the common sense of both pedestrians and motorists alike....trouble being that common sense isnt all that common!
Pedestrians are often seen to cross against the red man when it takes a very long time for the green man phase to appear. So although the traffic gets a longer green phase that way it is counterproductive to safety by firing pedestrian impatience from those who don't want to stand there for very many minutes watching the traffic roar past.
[quote][p][bold]utterrubbish[/bold] wrote: What about people who choose not to cross the road at crossings,but instead take their chances a few yards down the road,often with children in tow....were these people also looking out for and reporting them for idiocy? As previously stated,stopping at these type of crossings when people are waiting to cross isnt compulsory,you only HAVE to stop if somebody is already crossing,theres obviously just not many nice people driving through cheam. Hackbridge,as it stands,clearly relies on the common sense of both pedestrians and motorists alike....trouble being that common sense isnt all that common![/p][/quote]Pedestrians are often seen to cross against the red man when it takes a very long time for the green man phase to appear. So although the traffic gets a longer green phase that way it is counterproductive to safety by firing pedestrian impatience from those who don't want to stand there for very many minutes watching the traffic roar past. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 4

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