20mph limits and the accidents waiting to happen
Published: 19 May, 2016
• I VERY much hope that Yzakia Jauad’s 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter may now be making a good recovery from their ordeal
Anyone thinking about what might be to come with HS2?
OK – just look as far as the King’s Cross development and take a ride up the hilly range of York Way. My “steed” may be a sit-up-and-beg bicycle, but I’m frequently reduced to a jelly-like state of fear and trembling, as a torrent of HGVs and cement lorries come pounding past, shaking and rattling, as they roll up the hill (sometimes very much faster than the 20mph prescribed for this zone).
To be fair to the drivers, the “lollipop-sized” round 20mph signs are tiny, many placed so far from the edge of the road, that they’d certainly not be in your face, if you were a hard-pressed driver with your eye on the road, intent on moving your heavy load from A to B(uilding site), as quickly as possible.
The residential population of King’s Cross is increasing by the day with new tower blocks rising up at rapid rate to be quickly filled by young and old alike. I’m worried that here, too, may be an accident waiting to happen.
I’m particularly concerned for the families with young children, who I often see walking to and from school.
As construction proceeds some footpaths are suspended and people may have to make a dash to the other side of the road to continue their journey.
I would like to echo Ms. Jauad’s plea for immediate action to be taken to make sure our existing 20mph. zones are put into practice.
Accident analysis and prevention studies have shown that higher impact speeds are associated with greater risk of death and severe injury for pedestrians who are hit; we need high-visibility signage and for drivers to learn that 20mph means what it says.
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