A father from Kingston upon Thames who was concerned about the lack of a safe crossing point outside his son’s school has created his own pop up zebra crossing. Yannick Read designed the makeshift crossing to highlight his concerns to the local council, who have refused to install a permanent crossing outside the school gates.
Living Streets has welcomed the publication today of "Signing the Way", setting out the Department for Transport's plans to reduce bureaucracy and help local authorities reduce the unnecessary signs cluttering our streets.
This Wednesday, the Hackney Living Streets Group, Transport for All and Disability BackUp are joining forces to protest against Transport for London’s plans to remove a vital crossing in Hackney.
TfL plan to remove a signalised pedestrian crossing in Curtain Road, Shoreditch even though the crossing is used by people walking on a direct route to nearby Moorfields Eye Hospital, many of whom are visually impaired, blind or deafblind and find this crossing essential.
A decision by councillors in Paris to allow cyclists to ride through red lights has caused widespread debate in UK media. The new measure, which is intended to reduce collisions, will permit cyclists to turn right or go straight ahead even when the lights are red. Cyclists will be required to give way to pedestrians and incoming traffic on the left, and will be held responsible in the event of a collision. The measure is due to be trialled on 15 crossroads in east Paris over the next few weeks before the scheme is fully rolled out.
National charity Living Streets believes that Transport for London’s plans to roll out pedestrian countdown crossings are misconceived and will fail to improve walking conditions for Londoners.
As a result of successful campaigning by Living Streets (then the Pedestrians Association) the first zebra crossing was installed in Slough, Berkshire 60 years ago today.
Whilst popular with their low costs and distinctive black and white design, the number of zebra crossings is currently in decline with over 1,000 being removed in the last five years.
Argument Of The Week: Are the pelican crusaders a menace to society?
Sunday Herald: 9th May 2010
Dorset locals irritated by traffic thundering through their village have invented a new form of protest. It simply involves pressing the button on a pelican crossing over and over again, producing long tailbacks. Is this an unjust restriction on motorists' freedom?
Living Streets Scotland response