Save our zebra, say Bradford on Avon residents

Concerned Bradford on Avon residents Belinda Shimwell, Godfrey Marks and partially sighted Alice Moody with the  petition to save the Market Street zebra crossing

Concerned Bradford on Avon residents Belinda Shimwell, Godfrey Marks and partially sighted Alice Moody with the petition to save the Market Street zebra crossing

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Campaigners in Bradford on Avon have launched a petition to stop the removal of the zebra crossing in Market Street that has been proposed in the Historic Core Zone scheme.

The Save Our Zebra petition was started by concerned residents Godfrey Marks and Kate Nottage and it began circulating around the town this week.

Phase one of the HCZ proposal aims to ‘rebalance’ the relationship between pedestrians and vehicles and ‘declutter’ the Market Street and Church Street junction. This includes the removal of the zebra crossing and the introduction of three courtesy crossings.

Mr Marks, who has campaigned on traffic issues in the town for 16 years, said: “It discriminates against the elderly, infirm and very young. It seems contrary to the whole purpose of the HCZ.

“It’s applicable in minor streets but is totally unsuitable to the major throughfare of Market Street, because of the volume of traffic.

“The idea is if you deregulate everyone will have to be very careful and traffic safety will be improved. But they are proposing to create a dangerous situation to make it safer.”

Mrs Nottage, of Whitehill, is a retired teacher who has taught or assisted at all three schools in Bradford on Avon.

The grandmother-of-one said: “Children can assert themselves at a zebra crossing more than at a courtesy crossing.”

Simon Fisher, chairman of the HCZ Working Group, said: “The point is that the motorist is induced to drive more carefully by the fact there are no zebra crossings. Maintaining the zebra crossing makes a nonsense of the scheme.”

Supported by Bradford on Avon Town Council and Area Board, phase one of the scheme will go forward when it gets funding from Wiltshire Council.

There is £76,000 available from the Five Towns Initiative passed over from West Wiltshire District Council to Wiltshire Council to hold for Bradford on Avon.

The petition can be found in Made in Bradford in Lamb Yard and Art Is in the Name in Silver Street.

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2:28pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Blanche Terraine says...

There are courtesy crossings on streets in Trowbridge. If you are a pretty girl, a motorist coming in one direction might stop to let you cross, but you will be killed by a motorist coming in the other direction who does not want to stop. If you are not a pretty girl, you are quite safe because no motorist will stop to allow you to cross. However, you will not get to your destination for a few hours. The idiot who thought up the idea of courtesy crossings should be glued to the middle of the road on one of them. Keep protesting in Bradford, for your own safety.
There are courtesy crossings on streets in Trowbridge. If you are a pretty girl, a motorist coming in one direction might stop to let you cross, but you will be killed by a motorist coming in the other direction who does not want to stop. If you are not a pretty girl, you are quite safe because no motorist will stop to allow you to cross. However, you will not get to your destination for a few hours. The idiot who thought up the idea of courtesy crossings should be glued to the middle of the road on one of them. Keep protesting in Bradford, for your own safety. Blanche Terraine
  • Score: 13

3:21pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Mrs Mint says...

What a ridiculous idea for a street which has heavy pedistrian and traffic use. The courtesy crossings are a waste of time - BOA should not go down that route!
What a ridiculous idea for a street which has heavy pedistrian and traffic use. The courtesy crossings are a waste of time - BOA should not go down that route! Mrs Mint
  • Score: 11

11:16am Mon 3 Feb 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Blanche Terraine wrote:
There are courtesy crossings on streets in Trowbridge. If you are a pretty girl, a motorist coming in one direction might stop to let you cross, but you will be killed by a motorist coming in the other direction who does not want to stop. If you are not a pretty girl, you are quite safe because no motorist will stop to allow you to cross. However, you will not get to your destination for a few hours. The idiot who thought up the idea of courtesy crossings should be glued to the middle of the road on one of them. Keep protesting in Bradford, for your own safety.
Can we assume that this posting proves you are alive and therefore not a pretty girl?
[quote][p][bold]Blanche Terraine[/bold] wrote: There are courtesy crossings on streets in Trowbridge. If you are a pretty girl, a motorist coming in one direction might stop to let you cross, but you will be killed by a motorist coming in the other direction who does not want to stop. If you are not a pretty girl, you are quite safe because no motorist will stop to allow you to cross. However, you will not get to your destination for a few hours. The idiot who thought up the idea of courtesy crossings should be glued to the middle of the road on one of them. Keep protesting in Bradford, for your own safety.[/p][/quote]Can we assume that this posting proves you are alive and therefore not a pretty girl? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 3

11:31pm Tue 4 Feb 14

medievalvillager says...

If the petition against the increase in Wiltshire councillors expenses is anything to go by, Wiltshire Council will ignore this petition too.
If the petition against the increase in Wiltshire councillors expenses is anything to go by, Wiltshire Council will ignore this petition too. medievalvillager
  • Score: 2

1:41am Wed 5 Feb 14

mossware says...

This is a most bizarre idea. Upon seeing the giant black and white stripes emblazoned on the highway I, like most drivers , immediately become aware of any pedestrians in the vicinity. But it seems that three courtesy crossings and the six associated bollards will reduce the clutter in the streets and increase the safety of pedestrians dashing through gaps in the ever increasing traffic.
This is a most bizarre idea. Upon seeing the giant black and white stripes emblazoned on the highway I, like most drivers , immediately become aware of any pedestrians in the vicinity. But it seems that three courtesy crossings and the six associated bollards will reduce the clutter in the streets and increase the safety of pedestrians dashing through gaps in the ever increasing traffic. mossware
  • Score: 8

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