Pedestrian crossing possible for ‘dangerous’ intersection

A dangerous intersection is a step closer to having a new zebra crossing installed thanks to one year-6 Scots College student.

Mikah Miller petitioned for a new pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Broadway and Strathmore Avenue in Miramar. The petition, which was open for two weeks late last year, received 171 signatures.

The Wellington City Council strategy committee unanimously supported it and it will go to the full council.

Miller told the committee the intersection was “a very common route for parents plus children who need to get to school or work. It is a very dangerous and busy intersection”.

Earlier this year, council officers requested a review into the possibility of a pedestrian crossing at the intersection. Results from the review indicated the pedestrian crossing warrant criteria were not met.

However, it is not mandatory these criteria be met for the installation of a zebra crossing and council officers believed this to be appropriate for the location.

A pedestrian crossing has traffic stopping restrictions, such as lights. A zebra crossing has only white crossing lines which indicate vehicles give way to crossing pedestrians.

As a result of the review, further investigation for installation of a zebra crossing at the intersection of Broadway and Strathmore Avenue will be carried out. The findings will be presented to the committee on September 17.

At the meeting, Councillor Peter Gilberd questioned how many of the pedestrians using the crossing were not Scots College students. Scots College has a small entrance by the intersection, and Gilberd suggested the entrance be shifted further away from the intersection to reduce pedestrian traffic.

Miller said he would probably use the other entrance if it were an option.

Councillor Simon Marsh said a lot of people apart from Scots College students used the intersection. The Broadway shops and several other local schools also generated pedestrian and vehicle traffic at the intersection.

Marsh also commended Miller for taking action in his community. “A lot of people around your age have other things on their mind.”

Councillor Sarah Free said, “We want more children walking to school. Thank you for caring about your community.”

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