Easy Bits will hopefully become a series of posts describing simple changes that would result in nothing-but-benefits. This one is in my neighbourhood, so is etched into my awareness. Any readers with issues like this are more than welcome to recommend a post, either by commenting below or preparing a guest-post.
This is the most recent satellite image of the area around John St, Wallace St and Hutchison Rd. There are a few bus stops in the vicinity and an increasing amount of pedestrian traffic, partly due to the new Countdown store less than 100m away. The majority of the vehicle traffic follows the bend between John St and Wallace St, but a small number of vehicles take Hutchison Rd to or from Vogeltown. So with all that in mind, I’m completely baffled why the pedestrian crossing stops short of getting pedestrians all the way across from the north side of John St to the south side of Hutchison Rd. Extending the crossing would keep pedestrians in a single context all the way across the road. In the current situation, pedestrians get across to a median and have to watch for downhill cars that would be stopping approximately 2 meters further on and then watching again for uphill cars leaving John St. The cars may be few in number, but it’s easy for anyone to be inattentive to their surroundings.
As near as I can tell, the net result to vehicle traffic would be negligible and the result to pedestrians would be increased safety. Why hasn’t this been done? I’m tempted to think that it’s not been done because no one has suggested it.