Name of Proposer:
Should LUU lobby Leeds City Council to improve pedestrian crossings in the local area?
What the Idea is about:
LUU should lobby the council to improve pedestrian crossings in the local area in particular the crossing at the T-junction between Belle Vue Road and Moorland Road and the crossroads where Moorland Road, Hyde Park Road and Royal Park Road intersect. These particular crossing points, which are both heavily used by students, are key arterial routes for people walking towards University/town and Hyde Park/Headingley. I want LUU to push the council to install a zebra crossing across Belle-Vue Road and for the council to investigate how we can make the crossroads further up the road safer for its users.
Why have you proposed it?
Thousands of students and local residents walk between Hyde Park, the Universities and town every day and many are forced to walk down Moorland Road as part of their journey, negotiating two particularly nasty crossings. The T-Junction between Belle Vue Road and Moorland Road is very wide and cars often only begin to turn onto Belle Vue Road from Moorland Road whilst people are mid-crossing. The situation becomes increasingly dangerous at night when the Woodhouse Moor becomes too unsafe to walk through so people are forced to walk round and negotiate this crossing. Further up Moorland Road at the crossroads, the number of vehicles driving at high speeds, cyclists, buses and HGVs pose particular risks to local residents and students crossing. The high number of parked cars along Hyde Park Road makes it extremely difficult to see what is coming up the road and large vehicles/buses often obscure vision of the crossroad.