Scruby’s crossing approved


Saturday 14 September 2002

Victory .. PCA chairman Harold Scruby at the site of the new pedestrian crossing

A FOURTH pedestrian crossing will be built at the busy Avalon shopping centre after more than two years of campaigning by the Pedestrian Council of Australia.

PCA chairman Harold Scruby said he was thrilled with the decision made by the Roads and Traffic Authority and Pittwater Council.

“It’s amazing the number of near misses there are at that spot,” Mr Scruby said.

“It is absurd there are three pedestrian crossings there and not a fourth,” he said.

The new crossing was laid at the intersection of Old Barrenjoey Rd and Avalon Pde yesterday.

“I was told there wasn’t a crossing there because the chamber of commerce did not want to lose a parking spot,” he said.

“But, there is plenty of parking in the shopping centre.”

Avalon Beach Village Chamber of Commerce president Michael Southern said the chamber had supported the new crossing but had been concerned about traffic flow and the loss of parking spaces.

“We did express our concern because within this there has been a loss of about eight car parking spaces based on new sight-lines for the pedestrian crossing,” he said.

“We have met with the council and are looking at ways of reclaiming parking spots and how we could create some more.”

Mr Scruby said he discovered that if there were pedestrian crossings within 25m of each other, then pedestrians were obliged to use them.

“This means that pedestrians would have to cross three crossings,” he said.

“This is a very busy section of road and many children use it”

Mr Scruby stressed however, that this was not a battle with council or the RTA. “It is about encouraging walking,” he said.

Letter from Pittwater Council GM Angus Gordon re Avalon Pedestrian Crossing

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