Reported via mobile in the Crossings category anonymously at 17:35, Thursday 26 May 2022
Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later.
Council ref: 371930.
The council’s “explanation” that the onus is on each user to take caution in a “shared road use” zone needs to be backed up by signs if this is really a valid and recognised concept. As things currently stand, the pavement stops abruptly with no signage either side of (but not on opposite sides of) the road which slopes into the car park; and vehicles are oblivious of that such that none stop for pedestrians to cross. Cyclists have no space at all. So in short, while new Highway Code promotes a hierarchy of vulnerability, this is a perfect example of the complete inverse of that: cars come first, pedestrians, wheelchairs, buggies and so forth just have to risk their lives each and every time they cross.
This remains a serious liability. The idealised concept and the practice do not equate.