Lib Dems push for roundabout safety improvements

November 7, 2013 11:56 AM

Amanda TaylorLiberal Democrats in Cambridge's Queen Edith's are campaigning with residents to improve safety at a junction where they witnessed three near-miss accidents involving pedestrians and a cyclist in just one hour.

They are worried about the number of accidents on the roundabout at Fendon Road, Queen Edith's Way and Mowbray Road over the last few years.

One morning during rush hour, resident Dr Tim Moore saw more than 300 cyclists an hour pass through the area and more than 150 pedestrians, many of them school and college students.

In just one hour he witnessed two near-miss accidents involving pedestrians and a further incident where a cyclist was forced to jump onto the pavement to avoid being hit by a vehicle.

Dr Moore has shared his findings with local Lib Dem councillors George Pippas and Amanda Taylor, who have already been calling for action to make the roundabout safer, and for a pedestrian crossing.

Now they plan to carry out a traffic count and present their findings to Cambridgeshire County Council highways officers.

Cllr Taylor said: "The roundabout has the second worst accident record in the city for bikes - 34 crashes in a five-year period. That's just bikes, but there are also high numbers of pedestrians who need to cross the road safely.

Cllr Pippas said: "It is clear that people living in this area and using the roundabout are concerned as we have already had five people volunteer to help with our count. I hope that more will come forward so that we can collect the data we need to push for improvements. Even if you can only spare 15 minutes in the morning or evening, it will all help."

Anyone interested in helping can contact Cllr Taylor on 01223 249787
or by email at: [email protected]

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