Petition calls for new crossing on ‘dangerous’ Bilford Road

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OBSTRUCTED views along a busy stretch of road in Worcester are putting elderly and disabled people at risk of being hit by a car, claim campaigners.

A petition asking Worcestershire County Council to look into improving the safety of crossing the Bilford Road at the canal bridge and at the Costcutter shop in Astwood Road has been signed by 331 residents.

People crossing the road at the canal are having problems seeing over the bridge’s hump while a “dangerous” bend near the convenience store has led to several near misses.

The petition calls for a public meeting to be held to explain any possible solutions, their costs and their pros and cons before work is carried out.

Green Party councillor Neil Laurenson (St Stephen) and Matthew Jenkins, spokesman for the Greens on county council issues, collected the signatures from people living along Bilford Road and roads leading off.

Coun Laurenson said: “We don’t want to be left waiting for someone to be hit before safety measures are put in place.

“People, and in particular elderly people, are refusing to go to their local convenience shop because they are worried about crossing the road.

“There is a strong feeling in the area that something needs to be done.”

The pair will present the petition during the county council’s next meeting at County Hall on Thursday.

A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council said it would then formally respond to the issues raised by the petition.

Mr Jenkins hoped they could get the council on board.

He said: “There is the combination of an awkward bend and quite a fast road which some cars are coming around fairly quickly.

“However, elderly and disabled people aren’t going to be able to cross as quickly and find it just too difficult to cross and are becoming isolated.

“They want to pop to the local shop but feel it is too dangerous,” he added.

Anna Higgins, communications manager for West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership, said it ran the Community Concern speed enforcement programme to respond to concerns about speeding.

She said: “If residents are concerned about speed, they are encouraged to speak to their parish council or local policing team who will bring it to the attention of the partnership.”

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3:16pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

Instead of spending money 'looking into possible solutions', why not just insist that people cross the road at a safe place? If they can't see over the canal bridge, walk further up the road so that they can. If they can't see around the corner, walk further up the road until they can. Simples!
Instead of spending money 'looking into possible solutions', why not just insist that people cross the road at a safe place? If they can't see over the canal bridge, walk further up the road so that they can. If they can't see around the corner, walk further up the road until they can. Simples! Arthur Blenkinsop

3:24pm Tue 13 Nov 12

MrStJohns says...

Arthur Blenkinsop wrote:
Instead of spending money 'looking into possible solutions', why not just insist that people cross the road at a safe place? If they can't see over the canal bridge, walk further up the road so that they can. If they can't see around the corner, walk further up the road until they can. Simples!
simple doesnt come into it, when theres blue sky thinking etc to be done ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: Instead of spending money 'looking into possible solutions', why not just insist that people cross the road at a safe place? If they can't see over the canal bridge, walk further up the road so that they can. If they can't see around the corner, walk further up the road until they can. Simples![/p][/quote]simple doesnt come into it, when theres blue sky thinking etc to be done ;-) MrStJohns

3:55pm Tue 13 Nov 12

JaxiB66 says...

I couldn't agree more - the words "common" and "sense" spring to mind!
I couldn't agree more - the words "common" and "sense" spring to mind! JaxiB66

4:06pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Niko80 says...

Even if there was a crossing, people would still jay walk and cross where they wanted too, much the same as many motorists still consider an amber light at traffic signals O.K. to pass through. And on the other hand the County highways could always do a 'Whittington', ie. carry out a very expensive study and then still get it wrong...then spend some more money putting it even more wrong :-) Only my opinion mind ;-)
Even if there was a crossing, people would still jay walk and cross where they wanted too, much the same as many motorists still consider an amber light at traffic signals O.K. to pass through. And on the other hand the County highways could always do a 'Whittington', ie. carry out a very expensive study and then still get it wrong...then spend some more money putting it even more wrong :-) Only my opinion mind ;-) Niko80

4:57pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Name unknown says...

Well, just an observation, but insisting that somebody should "walk" further probably isn't "simples" if they are disabled (as described)...

As far as the article reads, people have raised a concern, and the situation is being assessed. All sounds fair enough to me. I think your knee jerk reactions are a bit silly :)
Well, just an observation, but insisting that somebody should "walk" further probably isn't "simples" if they are disabled (as described)... As far as the article reads, people have raised a concern, and the situation is being assessed. All sounds fair enough to me. I think your knee jerk reactions are a bit silly :) Name unknown

5:19pm Tue 13 Nov 12

JaxiB66 says...

I don't see any "knee jerk reactions" Name Unknown, just a few people adding their opinions in the form of a comment.
I don't see any "knee jerk reactions" Name Unknown, just a few people adding their opinions in the form of a comment. JaxiB66

5:26pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Omicron says...

MrStJohns wrote:
Arthur Blenkinsop wrote: Instead of spending money 'looking into possible solutions', why not just insist that people cross the road at a safe place? If they can't see over the canal bridge, walk further up the road so that they can. If they can't see around the corner, walk further up the road until they can. Simples!
simple doesnt come into it, when theres blue sky thinking etc to be done ;-)
...."blue sky thinking" - Now there's a phrase that's a blast from the past. Last time I heard that phrase being used was about thirty years ago when it was all the rage.
[quote][p][bold]MrStJohns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: Instead of spending money 'looking into possible solutions', why not just insist that people cross the road at a safe place? If they can't see over the canal bridge, walk further up the road so that they can. If they can't see around the corner, walk further up the road until they can. Simples![/p][/quote]simple doesnt come into it, when theres blue sky thinking etc to be done ;-)[/p][/quote]...."blue sky thinking" - Now there's a phrase that's a blast from the past. Last time I heard that phrase being used was about thirty years ago when it was all the rage. Omicron

5:42pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Omicron says...

Several years ago (before they started to put lines at junctions) a friend of mine was involved in an accident at the point adjacent to Woodland Road. The question at the time was as to whose fault it was. To determine fault it was eventually stated that traffic using Bilford Road into Bilford Road (not Astwood Road) had the right of way as it was a continuation of a road of the same name.
This being the case than perhaps a change in the priority should be considered as traffic coming from Astwood Road would have to give way. This would, in theory, "eliminate" the blind spot. Also I believe that traffic using Bilford Road continuation is heavier than traffic using Astwood Road.
Several years ago (before they started to put lines at junctions) a friend of mine was involved in an accident at the point adjacent to Woodland Road. The question at the time was as to whose fault it was. To determine fault it was eventually stated that traffic using Bilford Road into Bilford Road (not Astwood Road) had the right of way as it was a continuation of a road of the same name. This being the case than perhaps a change in the priority should be considered as traffic coming from Astwood Road would have to give way. This would, in theory, "eliminate" the blind spot. Also I believe that traffic using Bilford Road continuation is heavier than traffic using Astwood Road. Omicron

10:14pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Vox populi says...

Sure it would be cheaper to remind people of the Green Cross Code?
Sure it would be cheaper to remind people of the Green Cross Code? Vox populi

10:20pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Guy66 says...

Vox populi wrote:
Sure it would be cheaper to remind people of the Green Cross Code?
What a man in green with a cape appears to guide small children over the road - are you mad!
[quote][p][bold]Vox populi[/bold] wrote: Sure it would be cheaper to remind people of the Green Cross Code?[/p][/quote]What a man in green with a cape appears to guide small children over the road - are you mad! Guy66

12:29am Wed 14 Nov 12

Biggles says...

Yawn.
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Another "dangerous" road.
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A greenie on an anti car mission.
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The scamerati advertising for business again.
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Choose a safe place to cross anyone ?
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No mention of children, ducklings, or kittens in this one, are the anti's changing tack ?
Yawn. . Another "dangerous" road. . A greenie on an anti car mission. . The scamerati advertising for business again. . Choose a safe place to cross anyone ? . No mention of children, ducklings, or kittens in this one, are the anti's changing tack ? Biggles

11:16am Wed 14 Nov 12

nobby7 says...

ive wittnesed two accidents on the bilford involving pedestrians (i didnt cause them may i add!) but i wouldn't hold your breath for a crossing anytime soon their still waiting for one by sainsburys!
ive wittnesed two accidents on the bilford involving pedestrians (i didnt cause them may i add!) but i wouldn't hold your breath for a crossing anytime soon their still waiting for one by sainsburys! nobby7

12:31pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Vox populi says...

Guy66 wrote:
Vox populi wrote: Sure it would be cheaper to remind people of the Green Cross Code?
What a man in green with a cape appears to guide small children over the road - are you mad!
I was more thinking Tufty the Squirrel....

If somebody can't cross a road safely they shouldn't be outside, or accompanied by somebody that can...

I might start a company manufacturing personal rapid inflating foot bridges for the mentally impaired....

What happened to the world, there is risk in it that you should be capable of assessing.........do
n't like it? - Stay in bed!
[quote][p][bold]Guy66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vox populi[/bold] wrote: Sure it would be cheaper to remind people of the Green Cross Code?[/p][/quote]What a man in green with a cape appears to guide small children over the road - are you mad![/p][/quote]I was more thinking Tufty the Squirrel.... If somebody can't cross a road safely they shouldn't be outside, or accompanied by somebody that can... I might start a company manufacturing personal rapid inflating foot bridges for the mentally impaired.... What happened to the world, there is risk in it that you should be capable of assessing.........do n't like it? - Stay in bed! Vox populi

12:57pm Wed 14 Nov 12

The answer is 42 says...

The situation at the moment is that people driving cars think they have right of way over people walking. If there is no pedestrian crossing the pedestrian has to wait until there are no cars.
This inequality can be addressed by either providing more pedestrian crossings or slowing vehicles to make safe crossing easier. A 20 mph speed limit? Speed bumps?
Of course in reality there is nothing wrong with the road design - the problem is a combination of both less abled pedestrians and less abled car drivers.
When you read this, ask yourself 'When did I last slow or stop to let a pedestrian across the road?'
The situation at the moment is that people driving cars think they have right of way over people walking. If there is no pedestrian crossing the pedestrian has to wait until there are no cars. This inequality can be addressed by either providing more pedestrian crossings or slowing vehicles to make safe crossing easier. A 20 mph speed limit? Speed bumps? Of course in reality there is nothing wrong with the road design - the problem is a combination of both less abled pedestrians and less abled car drivers. When you read this, ask yourself 'When did I last slow or stop to let a pedestrian across the road?' The answer is 42

1:53pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Vox populi says...

In answer to the question 42, regularly. If you are turning into a street where a pedestrian is crossing then they do have right of way - highway code states it. :-)

Maybe we should give pedestrians equal rights on the road? In fact they could walk down the middle at 3mph...

Then again I would expect to be allowed to drive on the pavement in return :-)
In answer to the question 42, regularly. If you are turning into a street where a pedestrian is crossing then they do have right of way - highway code states it. :-) Maybe we should give pedestrians equal rights on the road? In fact they could walk down the middle at 3mph... Then again I would expect to be allowed to drive on the pavement in return :-) Vox populi

9:15pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Biggles says...

The answer is 42 wrote:
The situation at the moment is that people driving cars think they have right of way over people walking. If there is no pedestrian crossing the pedestrian has to wait until there are no cars. This inequality can be addressed by either providing more pedestrian crossings or slowing vehicles to make safe crossing easier. A 20 mph speed limit? Speed bumps? Of course in reality there is nothing wrong with the road design - the problem is a combination of both less abled pedestrians and less abled car drivers. When you read this, ask yourself 'When did I last slow or stop to let a pedestrian across the road?'
I frequently slow to allow pedestrians a space to cross ...... why ?
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Instead of a crossing, the campaigners may wish to consider a pedestrian refuge, these are cheaper, and require less planning consent, and may be all that is needed.
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I will add that nobody has "right of way", but pedestrians do have "priority", at all times, except when they are barred from being there, motorways, clearways etc.
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So, just to clarify, if a pedestrian steps into the road, vehicles are required by law, to give them priority, and allow them to cross.
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Note to pedestrians ...... please remember the law cannot beat physics, please allow us time to stop !
[quote][p][bold]The answer is 42[/bold] wrote: The situation at the moment is that people driving cars think they have right of way over people walking. If there is no pedestrian crossing the pedestrian has to wait until there are no cars. This inequality can be addressed by either providing more pedestrian crossings or slowing vehicles to make safe crossing easier. A 20 mph speed limit? Speed bumps? Of course in reality there is nothing wrong with the road design - the problem is a combination of both less abled pedestrians and less abled car drivers. When you read this, ask yourself 'When did I last slow or stop to let a pedestrian across the road?'[/p][/quote]I frequently slow to allow pedestrians a space to cross ...... why ? . Instead of a crossing, the campaigners may wish to consider a pedestrian refuge, these are cheaper, and require less planning consent, and may be all that is needed. . I will add that nobody has "right of way", but pedestrians do have "priority", at all times, except when they are barred from being there, motorways, clearways etc. . So, just to clarify, if a pedestrian steps into the road, vehicles are required by law, to give them priority, and allow them to cross. . Note to pedestrians ...... please remember the law cannot beat physics, please allow us time to stop ! Biggles

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