Installing new pedestrian crossings

In the wake of the unfortunate death of Peter Woolcock, the Corporation of Hamilton speedily acted to move the pedestrian crossing away from the roundabout, in the efforts of pedestrian safety.

While it does appear to provide a safer viewing line for motorists and pedestrians alike, I feel they could have done more - not to say that they aren't already planning to do so in the near future.

For one, there's no signage at either the new crossing or the old, to indicate the presence of a crossing. Yes, many people here ignore signage anyway, but it would be good to have appropriate signage indicating a crosswalk is present, particularly when visibility is low (nighttime or foul weather conditions).

I also think that any new crossing should be well illuminated, via reflectors on the crossing or otherwise, again for similar reasons.

Finally, this wouldn't be a bad location for a raised crossing to further encourage motorists to approach slowly, particularly those who are coming off the roundabout and are otherwise accelerating from the junction.

Primarily the signage should be in place. It's ludicrous that we now have an overabundance of signs for the parking regulations, yet fewer and fewer signs for road traffic/safety purposes. We'll see how it all turns out.

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