Safe crossing petition gathers 2,250 supporters

Safe crossing petition gathers 2,250 supporters

Safe crossing petition supporters want to see an overbridge across the ASB Sports Centre roundabout. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A petition calling for a  pedestrian over-bridge near the dangerous Cobham Drive roundabout in Kilbernie  has attracted more than 2,250 supporters in two months.

The over-bridge would link Cobham Drive and the ASB Sports Centre. A two-kilometer stretch  along Cobham Drive between Miramar and Kilbirnie has no pedestrain crossings. As a result, pedestrians often  cross the road at unsafe spots.

The proposed over-bridge would allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the road, on which pedestrian Tahiran Bano was killed two years ago.

Creator Joe Horvath said in the petition summary safety was more important than anything else at the roundabout.

“We believe that people are prevented from biking or walking to ASB from Miramar and beyond because of the lack of dedicated infrastructure and traffic-related safety concerns.”

Petition supporter Jenny Murtagh added: “I think something should be done before another life is lost.”

The petition was started two months ago on the website Change and reached 2,000 supporters on April 24. That figure is still climbing towards its goal of 2,500.

The petition is specifically aimed at Eastern Ward Councillor Sarah Free who is the portfolio leader of public transport, cycling and walking.

Cr Free  said she had not looked at the petition but was pleased it had been created. “I’m definitely in favour of a safe pedestrian crossing but not necessarily a bridge. I think there are different ways of doing it.”

Cr Free was keen to see something done in the short term – whether that be signal lights and/or a pedestrian crossing. Another option could be to make the road higher so pedestrians could travel underneath.

“It is absolutely crucial. Something needs to be done. Councillors have been talking about it for over two years now.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be located at the roundabout. It could be located near where the airport is. Somewhere along the road between the two roundabouts.”

In March 2016, Stuff reported that Tahiran Bano, 41, wife and mother of two, was hit by a car when she attempted to cross Cobham Dr.

Bano was on her way to pick up her son from the ASB Sports Centre. One week later she died in hospital.

Husband Shafi Mohammed called for pedestrian crossing as well as speed restrictions on traffic along Cobham Dr and Ruahine St. Mohammed was angry that both the NZ Transport Agency and Wellington City Council had done nothing since his wife’s death to improve safety.

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