Letter To The Editor: Protecting The Pedestrians

One reader is concerned about the disregard of pedestrians when workman prop up their road signs.

We always welcome a Letter To The Editor to share with our readers. This one from Tony Kelly in Ryde, standing up for the rights of pedestrians. In his own words. Ed

Road signsDear Friends, one hears with concern the reduction in numbers of species of birds, in some areas, birds such sparrows which were common, are now rare. The same thing is happening with certain species of Humans.

As my photos show the Human species called Pedestrian is almost extinct on the Isle of Wight.

Once upon a time the pavements used to be a refuge for the Pedestrian breed where they would be seen in quite large numbers walking in family groups or the female species would be seen brightly dressed pushing the young Pedestrian in wheelchairs.

Are Pedestrians no longer?
Sadly now according to people such as councillor Edward Giles, the Pedestrian is not with us anymore and the pavements can be safely obstructed with signs which are actually labelled “road signs”.

Cllr Giles assured me that his private contractor friend who had erected these “road signs”, which prevent the free flow of the species Pedestrian, always leaves a metre gap on the pavement so that the Pedestrians can move around.

The pavements in the street are about 830 millimetres wide, so it is most unlikely that the private contractor could leave a metre gap.

Conserve the Pedestrian
Perhaps it is time for conservation measures be taken to ensure the survival of the Pedestrian species, pavements could be kept clear so the Pedestrians could walk safely along them to reach their shelters which are called houses. Pedestrians shelter in them and rear their young.

The shelters are found usually alongside the pavements that are obstructed by the road signs and if the Pedestrians are unable to reach their shelter then the breed might die out.

The Pedestrian is usually a gentle species and is one hundred per cent ecological using very little energy to move around.

Sometimes the Pedestrians are moved to take action to prevent the obstruction of the passage to their shelters and to prevent their species being put in danger they come out in the quiet of the night and replace the “road signs” correctly and sensibly (see the four wrongs before a right in the gallery below).

Speak out for the Pedestrian
If anyone on the Island has seen any Pedestrians perhaps they could write to Edward Giles and he can see if the Pedestrian breed is totally extinct as he possible hopes, or as I hope is still surviving in small pockets and could spring back to life quickly with a little help from the councillors?

Thank you for reading my letter.

Tony Kelly, Pedestrian and ecologically sound.

Four wrongs finally make a right
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Opinion Piece

Monday, 13th February, 2012 10:05am


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  1. Well Said Tony Kelly Im glad Tony is still out there speaking up for us all I agree with this 100% Keep on Keeping On Tony…
    I sometimes feel like Im on my own in the fight for Access To All…

    • Tony Kelly

      15.Feb.2012 7:31pm

      Thanks for your support. I am hoping that the concillor Giles will be moved to reply but I doubt it. We should be forming a Pedestrians Association on the Island to make the councillors aware. All the best.

  2. I agree that, in this case, the signs could have been positioned to give a little more clearance for the pedestrians. I don’t agree that positioning the signs on the opposite side of the road is an improvement for pedestrian safety. Since the arrow sign necessarily is on the left, positioning the other signs to the right must surely induce a swerving manoeuvre by the motorist, towards the pedestrians? Furthermore, I wonder what the legal liability is for the person who moved the signs?

    • Tony Kelly

      15.Feb.2012 7:35pm

      As a Pedestrian I do not really care what you think about positioning of “road signs”.
      what would be the “law” if a young child stepped of the pavement to avoid these stupidly placed “road signs”? If anyone wants to know who moved the signs then just look at the CCTV pictures as the camera covers the whole length of the street.

  3. Fred Karno

    13.Feb.2012 12:00pm

    Without commenting on the broader issues; it is a matter of absolute fact that Local Authorities and their highway contractors are supplied with a publication, issued by the Government, (Dept of Transport) which clearly sets out regulations and guidance for the placement of temporary signs, traffic lights, etc.

    The last time I saw this publication, a few years ago, it set out very clearly in pictorial form, with distances etc., exactly how and where signs were to be placed for any given set of circumstances.

    • Tony Kelly

      16.Feb.2012 9:02pm

      I do not know if you are deliberately ignoring the real issue wich is the stupid placing of “road signs” on the pavment. Never mind about distances etc this is an act of real stupidity no need for Citizens to search out ancient laws. Just common sense. If you want to take anything from the Department of Transport it is their advice for Pedestrians which is to always use the pavment if there is one. councillors on the Isle of Wight are obsessed with driving Pedestrians into extinction. We are just as determined to drive the councillors into extinsion.

      • Bob Smith

        17.Feb.2012 7:29pm

        Blimey Tony, I found the letter amusing and agree with what you’re saying, but I think some of your replies here are a bit strong.

        Fred talks about the guidelines and rules for every situation. Clearly, these rules need to be followed, and should be followed in every situation.

        You say you don’t care about the rules about how they are positioned on the road. They’re the same guidelines, you can’t pick and choose what you want.

        All the rules should be followed. You can’t allow some to be broken and others not – after all, if the contracts aren’t following the distance between rules, they’re highly unlikely to be keeping the pavement clear either.

        Highways are a space for everyone to share. You’re not going to get anywhere if you’re not considering other users of the road in your objectives.

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