Friday, May 23, 2008

LOOK TO THE RIGHT ->

I'm morbidly fascinated by the new bus shelter advertisements at Newtown Bridge which show the location of all Newtown accidents since 2002 involving pedestrians. I find myself thinking of an intersection's particular "score" as I go to cross the road ("Ooh, this one was an eight!'). At the pedestrian crossing, of course.


11 comments:

casso said...

I think that an accompanying map of hotel locations would serve this public announcement well.

karen said...

My housemate saw the 6 that happened at the corner of Enmore and Stanmore Road. Although from what he described, it should be higher than a 6 as it was quite gruesome. I wonder how horrific an accident needs to be to get an 8?

mischa said...

i had assumed the numbers referred to the number of accidents involving pedestrians at a particular spot rather than the severity of the accident/s, no?

New Overlords said...

I dislike the way these safety messages are targeted at the victims rather than the perpetrators.

It's car-drivers who should be changing their behaviour, not pedestrians!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... I think pedestrians need to take some responsibility too. I find Newtown pedestrians incredibly blase about their own welfare, particularly outside the Townie. Perhaps that 2020 plan needs to turn King St into a car-free pedestrian zone. That would be great.

Mex said...

i am so paranoid about cars on enmore and king street i will only cross at the lights. i think that a lot of it has to do with the proximity of pubs and bars. would be interesting to see the time of day that they happened as well.

derek said...

I agree with new overlords comment.

Next time I see a car speeding down Enmore road I am going to leap from the kerb into its path and plaster a copy of this map on the windscreen.

That'll learn 'em...

stella262 said...

Ive almost been killed several times on King St trying to cross at GREEN lights, the problem is the slow moving traffic which motivates drivers to try and run reds and ambers.

Anonymous said...

I just wonder why there is not better signage, less obscurring of the traffic light or at least a red light camera at the pedestrian crossing on King St near Eastern Flair. Almost every day a car goes speeding through despite the green man having gone. I have seen people leap out and pull back pedestrians not used to having to double check before you step out here despite the green man.

Does it take someone to be hurt first before anything is done?

Susy said...

Anonymous, wouldn't you want to jump in front of cars if you'd been at the Townie!?

And, I think the council might be reading your blog because just as hastily these were taken down. Did they last but a week?

matt said...

I'd like to see them in my neighbourhood, Darlinghurst. There's too much misinformation that verges on urban mythology, I want facts.