Lots of questions being asked about the zebra crossing near the Co-op on Wanstead High Street after another collision involving a car and a pedestrian. Whatever the details of this latest incident, the matter of whether it is inherently unsafe is being raised again. Just for the record, here are some of the points
- Is the crossing in the wrong place and would a position further up the High Street (eg outside the Lighthouse fish and chip shop) be better?
- Do the trees on either side of the road restrict the view for drivers and pedestrians?
- Does the informal nature of a Zebra crossing mean it’s less obvious when drivers should stop and when pedestrians should walk? Would a Pelican crossing be safer?
- Do the left turns from Grove Park and Woodbine Place increase the risk of accidents?
- Would a raised platform for the Zebra crossing improve visibility?
It would also be interesting to see how incident statistics for this crossing compare with other similar crossings. The intriguing site Crashmap.co.uk plots all incidents of different severity and gives a wider indication of how widespread road collisions are.