Secret Scotland

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Junctions where pedestrians should take care

It’s only three months since we had “Scotland’s most dangerous traffic junction has been revealed” and noted St Vincent Street and Douglas Street junction is ‘Crash Central’.

Now we have…

Five of Scotland’s most dangerous places for pedestrians can be found in Glasgow, according to new police figures.

Thirteen hotspots have topped the list of where pedestrians are most at risk in Scotland.

….

Balgrayhill Road near the Viewpoint Place bus stop, where three people suffered minor injuries in two separate incidents.

A803 Springburn Road and Atlas Road junction near Sighthill Cemetery. Three people were injured in two separate incidents. A 32-year-old woman was seriously hurt on March 3 and a 54-year-old man also suffered serious injuries on February 14.

Renfrew Street and Renfield Street junction, near the Pavillion Theatre. Three people suffered minor injuries there in three separate incidents.

Cathcart Road and Allison Street junction in Govanhill, where three people were slightly hurt in three separate incidents.

Argyll Street in Kelvingrove near the junction with Sauchiehall Street. A 46-year-old woman and five-year-old child were seriously hurt in an incident there on September 11, while a 21-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in the same place on April 4.

Glasgow’s most dangerous junctions for pedestrians revealed

I may be suffering from the effects of my ‘cynical gene’, but I’m uncomfortable with the language used in this article.

In the quote, two phrases stand out for me…

“most dangerous places for pedestrians”

And…

“where pedestrians are most at risk”

There no context offered for the ‘incidents’ referred to, so we have no idea who was at fault, who caused the incident, or the circumstances.

While not intending to excuse any dangerous driving, I walk enough streets and see enough people taking chances in dashes across the road through moving traffic to be impressed that so many ‘get away’ with the stupid stunts, and that many drivers are lucky not to have damaged cars from such behaviour.

Are these so-called pedestrian ‘hotspots’ arising because of road traffic, or because they are badly designed spots where pedestrians cannot navigate the road/traffic safely, or locations where they are funnelled into attempting to cross at a hazardous spot, where barriers or crossings should really be installed?

Simply listing the numbers is NOT enough.

Context is very relevant.

It’s not good enough just to leave the assumption that the driver was at fault.

With no ‘nice’ pics of such incidents, I thought I’d go with this infographic, since Scotland/Glasgow is currently surveying opinion on a 20 mph limit for traffic in certain areas – and I have noted a surprisingly/worryingly/disturbingly large number of public commenters say /claim dropping from 30 mph to 20 mph makes no difference.

I wonder who they are, and what their agenda is?

Speed Vs Injury

 

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Jan 10, 2019 - Posted by | Civilian, Transport |

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