The Chinese Embassy is complaining about the safety of College St, Bruce where two Chinese students got run over a bit more than a week ago.
According to the CT, “the embassy contacted the ACT Government this week to share its concerns about road safety in the area, in the hope that a pedestrian crossing could be built or traffic speeds reduced”.
Accompanying the story in the dead tree version of the paper today was a picture of the area where the accident occurred and as soon as I saw it, I knew why there was a problem.
For those that don’t know the area, there are two bus stops on College St: one in front of Radford College, which has pedestrian crossing traffic lights right next to it, and the other near the uni residences (kind of) and the carparks. This second is the most useful for uni students to get on and off at because it’s a lot closer to the main uni buildings than the other one (I speak from a lot of bus catching experience here). But there’s no crossing, and on the side of the road going towards Belconnen Mall there’s a form one lane right where people who’ve gotten off the bus are trying to cross the road. And to add to troubles, practically no one (buses included) travels at the speed limit of 60kph along there.
So yes, with the amount of pedestrian traffice regularly crossing that road at that particular point there probably should be a traffic light crossing or at the very least some kind of sign. But we probably won’t get one because it’s only uni students crossing the road there, and they generally don’t have parents with large amounts of money who’ll lobby to get something put in. Lucky we’ve got the Chinese embassy on our side then.