Concerned Welwyn Garden City parents' crossing campaign
PUBLISHED: 11:51 04 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 March 2016
Parents are campaigning for a zebra crossing on a "dangerous" road in Welwyn Garden City.
Mums Bonnie Chrysanthou and Angela Malone created the petition on Wednesday, February 17 for Hertfordshire County Council to install a crossing between Young’s Rise and Applecroft School.
Ms Chrysanthou, 39, from WGC, has two daughters, a five-year-old who attends Applecroft School and a three-year-old at preschool.
She said: “It’s a very busy road.
“There are a lot of people coming into work off the motorway and cars are travelling at very high speeds.
“People coming to school at the same time are just stuck on the pavement trying to find a safe space to cross.
“For a lot of the year it’s twilight or dark and people have had near misses.”
The campaign group behind the petition, which is made up of local parents, has invited MP Grant Shapps and Zak the Zebra, the mascot for the road safety charity Brake, to come along to Valley Road on Friday, March 4 to raise awareness.
Parent Sarah Halliday said: “Eddie, in Year 4, is very keen to walk to school by himself. My major concern is Valley Road.
“On several occasions a car has slowed down to let us cross and the car behind has then swerved around while we are crossing.”
Mum Lena Abrahams-Green said: “I would love my daughter to be able to go to and from school independently now she is in Year Six, but I feel I cannot allow her to cross Valley Road on her own as it is simply too dangerous at peak times.”
Paul Wyatt, acting headteacher at Applecroft School, said: “We are aware of the difficulties children and adults encounter in crossing Valley Road, and we support any initiative that improves road safety and mitigates risk for all road users.”
A county council spokesman said: “We are looking at various options to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Valley Road and to encourage motorists to drive within the speed limit.
“Residents and the wider community will have the opportunity to comment on the proposal and the initiatives put forward once it goes to public consultation, the date for which has yet to be set.”
Ms Chysanthou, who works for the NHS, said: “Crossing that road is a very stressful experience.
“We are just trying to get the council to do the right thing. Waiting for an accident to happen seems absolutely crazy.”
So far the petition has over 450 signatures. To sign the petition go to http://ow.ly/YD7xD
To share your experiences of crossing the road email firstname.lastname@example.org