The problem of closing toucan crossings for roadworks

Recently the junction nearest to where I live had some temporary traffic lights again for some roadworks. Unfortunately the toucan crossings on the junction had a sign added that states “Crossing not in use”. However the next nearest option for crossing requires going back on yourself and walking an extra 5 minutes. People who do come across the sign just ignore it as they aren’t going to do a big diversion as shown in the photo.

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In this case there didn’t appear to be anything elsewhere on the crossing that would cause an issue and it’s not a constant flow of pedestrians.

Surely it would be much better to use signage which turns the crossing into more of temporary zebra crossing where motor vehicles have to give way or at least slow down in case there is someone on the crossing? This would make the road safer than the motor vehicle drivers driving fast through the crossing as they assume that the crossing is clear thus making it more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. It would also reduce the annoyance of pedestrians and cyclists tripping over the sign and being rated as second class citizens.

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Junction of Stoke Bridge, Stoke Street and Vernon Street.

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Junction of Stoke Bridge, Stoke Street and Vernon Street. 52.051277, 1.153843

One Reply to “The problem of closing toucan crossings for roadworks”

  1. If there are roadworks you generally want motorists to pass through/by them with more care. A temporary zebra crossing should aid this. Safety for motorists, roadworkers and pedestrians!

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