This morning’s (8.30 a.m.) installation of bollards in the laneway (between Shepparson Street and Koornang Road, Carnegie) ends over two years of frustrating argey bargey between residents and Council re a significant pedestrian and child safety issue.
This safety issue being the shared vehicle and pedestrian (particularly primary school children) usage of a confined narrow laneway to access the Carnegie Primary School via the Koornang Road School Crossing. For background refer GERA’s previous postings – Child and Pedestrian Safety – Access to Carnegie Primary and Child and Pedestrian Safety – Access to Carnegie Primary – Part 2
In line with residents initial request, permanent bollards and appropriate signage have now been installed. Gone are Council’s unacceptable and unsuccessful earlier solutions of time restricted vehicle laneway signage and the recent installation of speed humps.
While residents are happy that a significant longstanding issue has finally been resolved without any personal injury occurring, they are also seriously questioning Council’s processes which did not result in the timely application of a simple cost effective solution to a high risk situation. A high risk situation that at all times was undeniably within Council’s traffic and pedestrian safety responsibilities.
More about these processes in a subsequent post – for now, residents are extremely relieved that “finally sense prevails”.