Closer crossing call

• Catherine Ehrhardt beside the zebra crossing on Railway Parade, that’s 25m from the station’s access points (people are jay walking in the background). Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• Catherine Ehrhardt beside the zebra crossing on Railway Parade, that’s 25m from the station’s access points (people are jay walking in the background). Photo by Matthew Dwyer

CATHERINE EHRHARDT is pushing for a pelican crossing on Railway Parade, following the death of a pedestrian struck by a car last Saturday night.

Circumstances surrounding the accident are unclear, but the 45-year-old man was hit by a Hyundai while crossing the road, around 15 metres from the zebra crossing near Maylands train station.

Ms Ehrhardt owns a nearby business on Railway Parade and says accidents and near misses on the busy thoroughfare are far too common.

“Recently I saw an elderly person stranded on the island in the middle of the zebra crossing,” she says. “Nobody was slowing down for her and letting her cross. We need a pelican crossing with flashing lights to make drivers sit up and take note: a zebra crossing isn’t cutting it.”

In 2013, the Voice reported Bayswater council was pushing for a pelican crossing at the train station, following several near misses involving pedestrians with poor or zero eyesight crossing Railway Parade.

“There have been a few rear-end accidents due to the confusion with the existing zebra crossing,” then-councillor Sonia Turkington had said.

“Pedestrians and motorists are uncertain as to who has the right of way.”

The Voice understands funding is in the budget to provide a signal controlled crossing and that, two years on, the city is still liaising with Main Roads.

Ms Ehrhardt, running against Sylvan Albert in south ward, says the zebra crossing is positioned 25 metres from each of the station’s two exit points, “slap bang in the middle”.

“It should be directly outside one of them so people can leave the train station and walk straight on to it. It’s just human nature, people aren’t going to walk 25 metres to cross, they’re going to jay-walk.”

The Voice understands the crossing will be moved as part of Woolworths’ $3.5 redevelopment of the nearby Peninsula Tavern.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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