Dangerous crossing

Reported in the Traffic lights category anonymously at 08:30, Tue 5 February 2013

Sent to Auckland Transport 53 sec later.

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There are five issues with the pedestrian crossing, on Albany Highway, near Albany Primary School. 1: There is a pad that pedestrians need to stand on to work the crossing, and many of the small children are simply not heavy enough to always trigger the mechanism, leading to children occasionally crossing against the lights, or several children piling on to it and occasionally risking falling onto the road. 2: The pad needed to work the lights sometimes does not work at all, again leading to adults, and children, crossing a main highway against the lights. 3: The pad seems far to close to the road, as a parent, I teach my child to press the crossing light and STEP BACK from the traffic, however, the pad is less than the length of my shoe from the curbing, and traffic, on Albany Highway. This seems very unnecessary, and dangerous to force children to stand on the roads edge, especially since there focus is on trying to make the pad work the lights, and NOT the traffic... 4: The signage for said pad, described above, is vandalised, missing, and/or not obvious, and on several occasions, I have needed to explain to adults that you need to stand on a pad to work the lights, let alone children... this seems ludicrous to all, however, the main issue is that, again, adults, and children, end up crossing against the lights on a busy highway when they get fed up with failing to get the lights to work.... 5: The green-man light, indicating that it time to cross, when heading towards the school, has been out for many, many, months. The lights have been repaired several times during that period, including some technicians on site yesterday, however, it would appear that the crossing lights are consistently not tested, and the children are crossing on the buzzer alone, and not the green crossing light...

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It's been at least six months since this crossing had a green cross light on the school side... And it's been nearly ten days since this went up and not even a light bulb to make a crossing function properly near two large primary schools... or a replacement sign...

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