Speed Humps Improve Pedestrian Safety

February 28, 2019 12:32 PM

Cllrs Joe Naitta and Ruth Skelton watch Danielle Lind using the pavement around the parking areaEver since the traffic lights were installed at the junction of Blagreaves Lane and Stenson Road, the number of cars rat running in front of the shops in order to avoid the lights has increased dramatically. That was until the shop owners took action after it had become clear that there was a real danger of a crash.

Quite a number of local residents contacted Cllrs Joe Naitta and Ruth Skelton about the danger. Joe and Ruth asked Highways Officers to visit the site and give advice. The shop frontages are private land, so the Council themselves couldn't take action.

Because there was a known danger, legally the land owners needed to take action. If they hadn't done so, and someone got injured, they risked being sued. They decided to lay speed humps so that vehicles would have to slow down to walking pace.

A few people have said that scooter and pushchair wheels might have problems with the humps. But many scooter users have said they have no problems. One hump has been shortened to give more clearance with the buildings. For those who don't want to go over the humps the public pavement, which goes around the parking area, is available.

Local resident and mother Shelley Humber uses the shops regularly. She said "As a mum with a child who has cerebral palsy and requires the use of an adapted specialist pushchair, I have not encountered any problems using the humps to access the shops, If I did I would happily use the public foothpath provided."