install 2 pedestrian crossings at suitable points on Pixmore Avenue, near both of the Wissen Drive turnings in Letchworth Garden City.
The Phoenix Park Residential Development was built more than 6 years ago on land that was previously used for other purposes, which were not a large residential housing development. The Phoenix Park Residential Development is just off of Pixmore Avenue, the two roads which are for access to and from the development are both known as Wissen Drive.
Despite the fact that it was built it appears that nothing was or has been done to ensure there are safe crossing points for pedestrians crossing the extremely busy Pixmore Avenue road. This is a dangerous road not only with the volume and flow of traffic, the bend on Pixmore Avenue but with speeding vehicles and the flow of lorries. The road is not catered for lorries and they should really take alternative routes instead of Pixmore Avenue which is now more of a residential area. It appears a number of lorries and other commercial vehicles use Pixmore Avenue as a cut through to get to works road or to the businesses situated at the works road end of Pixmore Avenue.
There are a number of pedestrians including the elderly, disabled people and children that are crossing Pixmore Avenue on a regular basis at different times of the day or night. They are needing to cross for reasons such as to go to work, shopping, doctors, and the train station to list some. Another reason is that it is a route for children to pass through to reach various schools in the area.
There are a number of children that live on the Phoenix Park Development as well as the surrounding areas that attend the local preschools, nurseries and primary schools, who would not fully understand crossing the road or judging the speed of vehicles or the flow of traffic. It is difficult to cross with buggies, children on small bikes or scooters or even children walking as it is a fast busy road and pedestrians need eyes and ears everywhere.
This road is extremely hard to cross and pedestrians are taking risks. When it turns dark and with the changing seasons, the bend, blinding sun or wet or icy roads only increase the risks.
It is extremely worrying that there have been incidents between pedestrians and vehicles, fortunately none requiring the aid of emergency services. There have been instances where even when a car does notice a pedestrian and slows down to let a pedestrian cross another vehicle tries to overtake it and pedestrians are left open in the road. Pedestrians are having to rush to safety to get out of the road from speeding vehicles. Even having to constantly look to see if the road is safe to cross because of inconveniently parked vehicles that are parked blocking pedestrians views on bends or junctions is a high risk.
Residents have come together for action before there are serious accidents or fatalities. We cannot stress enough how important the crossings are. The quicker something is put in place the less risks there are to pedestrians lives.
At least 2 new pedestrian crossings need to be built on Pixmore Avenue. 1 crossing near Wissen Drive/Broughton Hill and another near Wissen Drive/Ridge Avenue as they are main routes for pedestrians walking for the various reasons stated above.
They are essential to ensure that there are safe crossing points for ALL pedestrians at ALL times of the day and night. It is just luck that there has not been a serious accident and no lives should have to be sacrificed before something is done.
The crossings that we the undersigned are petitioning for will not only help road safety but will also help the Hertfordshire’s walking strategy that is trying to encourage pedestrians to walk and to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Under the Hertfordshire’s County Councils Walking section of the transport policy it states that you are implementing measures to increase the priority of pedestrians relative to motor vehicles, therefore our request for the two crossings will help promote your strategy.