Every journey begins and ends in the same way. On foot.
Last week this blog asked you to submit your suggestions for places that could benefit from better pedestrian facilities after having a look at how officials decide these things. Four people sent in some very good suggestions.
Here they are, along with your reasoning on this map:
We’ll not name names to spare blushes. Suffice to say all the suggestions are from parents resident in Leith.
Ocean terminal does seem to be designed on the assumption that you’re going to arrive by car or by bus.
The person who submitted this proposal said: “I want the road outside Ocean Terminal (where the exit from the BHS car park meets the roundabout) to have an island where the pedestrian crossing is. I’ve spoken to several people from the council during the public consultations on these improvements but no idea if anything will happen. It can be a difficult road to cross, especially for children.”
Henderson Street/Great Junction Street Junction
It’s difficult to understand why this junction is not traffic light controlled, with proper pedestrian crossings on each arm of the junction.
The person who submitted this one said: “”The most difficult road crossing i have to face with my daughter
(who will be on her way to Leith Primary school when she starts next
year). Is crossing Henderson Street when walking along Great Junction
street. This is always very busy and a main bus route (22).”
This one has apparently been considered by officials, but deemed to difficult to fix. Nevertheless, it’s clearly a stretch of road that vulnerable road users find tricky to cross.
The person who suggested this one said: “An ongoing issue for me re. the shocking lack of proper an appropriate pedestrian crossing along the entire length of Restalrig Rd from the foot of the Links to Sleigh Drive….a stretch which includes schools, GP surgeries, care homes, shops, etc…
“It’s such a difficult and fast stretch of road to cross with a buggy/wheel chair, especially when trying to drop onto the cycle path at the bridge.”
Easter Road/London Road
Again, another junction that is basically hostile to some pedestrians.
“I’m always baffled by lack of pedestrian crossing on south arm of this junction. People walking along London road on the south side of street are given the choice of walking around three sides of cross roads, or risking life and limb trying to cross Easter Road. How hard could it be to add signalised crossing for pedestrians here?”
We’re going to forward these suggestions to council officials in the hope that they’ll be considered by both the neighbourhood partnership as well as other officials. If you’d like to see any of these crossings fixed, it wouldn’t do any harm to write to your local councillor directly too.
If you think of any other places where a crossing is really needed, then let us know in the comments to this blog post.