Our area which consists mostly of residential building has 6 schools and two hospitals nearby. The traffic situation can be busy in the mornings during school week and scary during off hours.
Ped Xing – means pedestrian crossing
Pedestrian – a person walking
LittleMiss C and I have been walking to and from school everyday since she started. Her nursery was just 5 minutes on foot from our old place and now the new school is just 10 minutes walk from our place. It’s convenient, healthy and economical to just walk specially during Dubai winter.
On our walks we have only seen 2 Ped Xing lines and notice a lack of road signs that inform drivers a school is present. With 6 schools in the area motorists will encounter parents with children walking and trying to cross the street. Most of the drivers respect pedestrians and take time to stop even if Ped Xing is not available, sadly some do not stop.
We need to cross 1 main road and 2 residential streets to get to school. On the main road a crossing line is available but sometimes it is much more convenient for us two cross between two bus stops. In the morning when the road is congested with cars and we are crossing with fellow pedestrians, it is less scary to cross without Ped Xing. In the afternoon though we only use Ped Xing, crossing the street during this time is scary and most motorists don’t care that you are walking with kid.
Where and how will people cross the street safely when a pedestrian foot bridge or lines are not available?
As a parent and commuter I would like to request the following:
A Ped Xing available between two bus stops.
A shaded foot bridge for students walking to and from school.
or A traffic enforcer present to assist students walking to and from school.
More road signs to inform motorists that school is in the area.