What's The Problem?
There are those who don't care to be careful of our community, and those who are too stupid to learn.
Posing as people who care is one of the ways that some locals aggravate a difficult situation. We offer a very common situation where motorists will use part of the pavement to park their vehicle. It could be because the vehicles that are well above the 30mph limit have terrified these motorists. So terrified have they become that their cars are parked, cringing, on the pavement.
More likely it is because of an exaggerated sense of "am I not a caring person for leaving the maximum width of the road available to others". If they are expecting plaudits they will gather very few from the knowledgeable motorists who see what the issue really is.
It is anti-social to obstruct the pavement but that is not the problem here. In this example the gap to the opposite kerb is more than 11 feet. That leaves a road wider than a lane of the M25. The M25 has an inviting 70 mph limit, but Dalebrook Road has a 30mph limit.
Who is likely to observe that 30mph limit when resident motorists have obligingly left a motorway size road yawning away into the distance. It is more than restraint can bear. The real issue is not any obstruction to the pavement but the encouragement it gives to fast drivers to put their foot down to their pleasure and to the danger for children.
It is not some arcane academic point. Other parents closeby have become so worried by speeding traffic that they have become instrumental in the siting of signs that beg drivers to slow down. Isn't it a sad indictment of both our police service and our Council that parents have been moved to this extent to protect the young and old.
Why do so many of us think that the police service in Manchester is on our side. The problem with vandals began in June, 2009, and in all that time our idle lot have failed to stamp out the vandalism. In four years they have not succeeded one jot. Now they are over a barrel from National Government pressure, but their answer is not to actually do the job for which they have been handsomely paid, but to seek to remove the protection prom the green so that there will be no police work to be done.
If the police deny that theree is an issue over speeding traffic in this area, take a look at this, just around the corner. The parents of the children in this cul-de-sac are obviously very concerned about the danger to their chidren from speeding traffic.
It is probably safer for playing children than at any point of Dalebrook Road. In fairness, I remember that in the dim and distant past, through the mists of antiquity, we all played in the turning square in our cul-de-sac. That was in the 1940's and 50's and there were almost no cars on the road.
These signs mean that parents have much loved children at risk because they are playing on the road as a matter of course. It is intrinsically dangerous but it is common ground where all the children may join up and play together.
The residents create a clear way for vehicles by parking on the pavement as may be seen in the next photograph. In all probabilityy they will think that they are offering the children a treat by leaving a wide carriageway for them. But they have not thought it through. By leaving an extra wide open road they are encouraging drivers to give the accelerator some real wellie. It won't be the first time that a driver has obeyed his inclination rather than having clearely read the signs and followed the message.
At the far end of the road, in the turning square itself, we came across something new and disturbing. There was a netball contraption, looking quite permanent on the pavement. Maybe the children are preoccupied and playing in a group in the turning square.
Putting up sign is a good thing but it is no substitute for actually preventing speeding traffic colliding with a group of children at play.
It would be far more effective if, as well as the warning signs, the vehicles were parked on either side of the road to cause a chicane. That would normally be the case as a traffic calming measure. But in any case, where does the pedestrian traffic go? The pavement is well and truly blocked by vehicles left on the pavement. Picture a mum walking from a shopping trip in Sale or Sale Moor pushing a heavy trolley, she has to walk in the middle of the road. She might be visualising cooking chops for the evening meal, and, careless of what is around her, goes straight under the speeding car we mentioned earlier.
What would the investigations reveal? Some would claim that it was the speeding motorist, but other drivers might point out that the mum and her children were at risk walking in the middle of the road. No doubt if the mum survived she would say that all the motorists were to blame for forcing her off the pavement into the path of a dangerous car.
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