New crossing for Princes Street Primary

A new permanent road crossing at Princes Street Primary in Sandy Bay will make the trip to school safer for students who walk or ride to school.

A permanent crossing on Princes Street was officially opened last month after a 20-month trial of a temporary crossing, alleviating the growing concerns of school parents and staff.

Parent Julia Scott said the new crossing would make her daily commute with her daughter Ada much safer.

“Ada uses a wheelchair and prior to the installation of the new crossing I would have to try to cross the busy and dangerous roundabout at the intersection of Proctors Road and Princes Street,” she said.

“I think that access, extensibility and inclusion should be at the forefront for all public infrastructure and it is great to see the Tasmanian Government focusing on this through the Vulnerable Road User Program (VRUP).”

Hobart City Mobility Portfolio chair Ryan Posselt said the new crossing includes kerb ramps to help slow down passing traffic and make crossing Princes Street easier for parents with prams and people in wheelchairs.

“Giving kids and their parents safer travelling routes to school helps reduce traffic congestion but more importantly results in immense physical, mental and social benefits for students, families and staff,” he said.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said programs like the VRUP are vital to improving road safety.

“In our urban areas, pedestrians and cyclists represent one in four serious casualties and are at high risk of serious injury or death, which is why this program is so important in delivering projects such as safe crossings, footpaths, shared paths and bike lanes to create a safer environment for our vulnerable road users,” he said.

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