By Claire Ottaviano
A PRIMARY school, a convenience store and a popular walk trail combined with heavy traffic, two blind corners and a dip in the road is a recipe for disaster say Parkerville residents.
A petition for a marked crosswalk, flashing lights or speed deterrents where the Railway Heritage Trail crosses Seabourne Street has been signed by 200 residents in a little over a week.
Mother-of-four Ruth Livingstone, whose children have all attended Parkerville Primary School, said increased traffic and failure to adhere to the 50km/h speed limit made the road tricky to cross for all ages.
“I’ve lived in the Hills my whole life but used this area with regularity since my oldest started school in 2010,” she said.
“We have certainly seen a huge increase in traffic in this area in that time as the area has become more populated.
“Also from a tourism perspective, especially since we’ve held more events like the Oxfam walk, this area is a lot more well known to people particularly on the weekends for walkers and cyclists and it’s a really good access point in terms of parking.”
To help mitigate speed as a danger factor Ms Livingstone would like to see speed slowing devices.
“Because of the way people do speed through here we really need better visibility, whether it be flashing lights, slowing down processes or even a lollipop person we need something here to bring motorists’ attention to it,” she said.
“As a local I know the speed zones but a lot of people possibly don’t or don’t see the signs.
“The trucks are the worst.
“I witnessed one [truck driver] a couple of months ago who came flying around the corner, didn’t see a car had stopped to turn to the school and he had to pull onto the wrong side of the road because he couldn’t stop in time.”
The Shire recently received a request from a resident for a pedestrian crossing on Seaborne Street near the Parky Pitstop Lunch Bar and Deli.
Infrastructure services director Shane Purdy said the Shire consulted with the resident and reviewed the proposed area.
The Shire has requested Main Roads WA, the regulatory body responsible for installing formal pedestrian crossings, to review the site but is yet to receive a response.
Councillor Amy Collins said as well as the crosswalk request, the location was also frequently requested for a bus stop.
“In this whole area the traffic has increased so much,” Cr Collins said.
“The [resident’s] request was based on the fact there are a number of kids who use this site and the fact there is the local store, which is an attractant for kids to cross.
“Then there is also the topography, because of the dip cars and trucks tend to speed up.
“Where you have a location with big groups of children and car parking directly across the road from landmarks we have to consider public safety and anything we can do to mitigate risk.”
The petition is available at the Parky Pitstop Lunch Bar and Deli.