Residents said a junction where a teenager was seriously injured in a road traffic collision needs a pedestrian crossing.Oh, really?
The 14-year-old cyclist was hit by a Ford Focus at about 8am on Friday morning on Mile End Road off the A612 in Colwick.Hmmm, now, admittedly, the address is sketchy (and the picture the newspaper has assigned to the story is one of an icy canal barge, which is little help!), but it appears from Googlemaps that there already is a large Pelican crossing just at that point where the A612 leads off, and quite a few little traffic islands along Mile End Road itself…
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre and was said yesterday to be in a critical condition.
But maybe it happened further down, or further up the road. Give them the benefit of the doubt.
If another crossing was put in, would it resolve anything?
Mile End Road resident Rachel Kidd, 43, said: "About two years ago a man in a mobility scooter was killed on the same junction, so this isn't the first tragedy there.You mean, if a car hadn’t been coming?
"I think the junction really needs a pedestrian crossing to be honest – the speed cameras along the A612 have slowed traffic down but kids don't always think before they cross roads.
"It's such an unfortunate thing to happen. Probably on another day the young boy would have done the same thing and crossed the road perfectly fine."
George Walker, 72, of nearby First Avenue said it was an unfortunate accident, especially during rush hour.Or criminal neglicence of the part of the teenage cyclist.
He said: "I don't think the junction is that dangerous.
"Kids take chances though and try to beat the traffic so a pedestrian crossing over the junction would be a good idea.
"But at that time in the morning there is always lots of traffic on the A612 and you can't go very quickly, so what happened is unfortunate."
Retired Harold Maan, 67, who has lived on Mile End Road for five years, said other accidents had happened at the same junction.Two accidents in five years is pretty good going. I don’t think we need to waste money on another crossing that in all probability the kids won’t use anyway.
He said: "It must be at least the second accident that has happened there since I've lived here.
"But I don't think it is bad junction if you do it right – I don't think there has been a major accident involving two vehicles at the junction. But pedestrians need to be aware when they cross the road because there isn't a crossing with lights. What has happened is very sad."