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The suggested position for the zebra crossing

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Pavement surfing

Pedestrian safety at Hougue a la Perre, Le Grand Bouet (December 2011)

Hougue a la Perre is a new housing development of 77 properties just off the coast road in Le Grand Bouet.  We were asked to look at the problems that residents face trying to cross the busy Grand Bouet. 

There is no pavement on the housing development side of the road so there is no choice but to cross the road to the pavement on the other side.  Site lines are good owing to the wide entrance to the development.
  
The first safety issue is the speed of vehicles approaching from Les Banques around a blind corner which makes crossing the road quite hazardous especially if you have walking difficulties or are in a wheelchair. 

The second issue is the lack of lighting at night.  Although there are two street lamps nearby, neither of them illuminate the entrance to the development.

We also looked at the difficulty of crossing Les Banques in order to reach the nearest bus stop for residents wishing to go into Town. To cross the road you have to stand at the Red Lion pub which is very close to the mini roundabout.  Cars coming round the corner from Le Grand Bouet, therefore, are very close and are concentrating on looking to their right for their turn at the roundabout.  There is a danger they come round the corner without even looking out for a pedestrian on their left trying to cross the road.  The central reservation does, at least give some comfort when you manage to reach it.

Living Streets has sent a report to the Environment Department asking for a zebra crossing for pedestrians at the Hougue a la Perre entrance.  We have suggested where the crossing should be - so that it is as far away from Les Banques coast road as possible.  We have also asked for the crossing to be lit.

We await a response from the Environment Department.  We have also asked the Police to look at the area with regard to the pavement "surfing" issue.

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Pedestrians have to wait in the middle of the road for cars to stop

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There is a large footfall in the area

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No pedestrian refuge

Survey of the unofficial crossing at the Quay (October 2011)

Over the years we have received many complaints about the safety of the unofficial crossing at the Quay (known as the Woolies crossing).  Following yet another complaint recently Living Streets decided to do a survey by talking to pedestrians using the crossing.

The survey was undertaken on four separate days and at different times of the morning.  We asked just five questions to keep it simple:

Did you feel safe?
If no, what would make it safer?
Why did you cross here rather than using the light controlled crossings?
Do you use the crossing after dark?
Have you ever seen any near misses?

We surveyed 98 people (95 visitors and 3 tourists) and 19 children accompanied their parents

In answer to the first question: Did you feel safe?  37% said YES; 40% said NO; the rest gave qualified answers like: not too bad, not always, not with child and buggy, not really, sometimes, not completely, reasonably, relatively, mostly/usually, got used to it, depends on the traffic, if you're careful, if able bodied, as long as people stop.

It became quite clear to us that the most vulnerable pedestrians were parents with children.  They were quite vocal in their comments and many highlighted the two lanes on the marina side of the road as being particularly dangerous.  The other main danger was the lack of waiting space in the middle of the road, particularly for parents with buggies.

Living Streets has put forward four recommendations which they hope the Environment Department will consider:

Move the crossing further away from the filter - perhaps past Quay Street
Install pedestrian lights synchronised with the ones across Fountain Street
Turn the seaward side into one lane
Build a central reservation with enough space for pedestrians (particularly with buggies) to wait

We await a response from the Environment Department.

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Walking audit of Pont Vaillant Lane

click here to download the full survey report

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Walking audit of Les Petites Fontaines

Walking audits

Living Streets is contacted on a regular basis by members of the public who have concerns about pedestrian safety issues in their neighbourhood.   We meet and undertake a "walking audit" of the area and then send a report to the Environment Department with recommendations on how safety might be improved.  Many of these audits are around schools where parents wishing to walk their children to school are intimidated by the volume of traffic and the lack of suitable places to cross the road.

If you would like us to help you solve a pedestrian safety problem in your area, please get in contact with Pat Wisher on 268088. 

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A survey of Guernsey's zebra crossings

Following a tragic fatality on the Victoria Avenue zebra crossing in 2002, Living Streets (formerly STEPS) decided to survey every zebra crossing in the island with a view to commenting on their safety.  The survey was undertaken in February/March 2003 when each crossing was checked under the following headings:

Advance warning signage
Night time safety - lighting and visibility in wet weather
Positioning
Safe waiting area
Signage at the crossing
Zig Zag lines
Condition of the crossing - white paint and studs

The report consists of a page for every crossing which comprises photographs and comments by STEPS members (39 pages); a table summarising the findings; general observations; recommendations; conclusions; extracts from the Statutory Instrument "Road Traffic - Zebra, Pelican and Puffin Pedestrian Crossings Regulation and General Directions 1997" (Department for Transport)

We made 7 recommendations to the Traffic Committee.  The Committee accepted our report and agreed that there were safety issues which needed addressing.

The 49 page report is too large to download, but if you would like a copy, please contact Pat Wisher on 268088.

Living Streets in Guernsey
 Living Streets Guernsey LBG
Association of Guernsey Charities No. 259

"Campaigning for better streets and public spaces for people on foot"

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