Road design outside the school gate – existing layout and problems
Footway is too narrow for pedestrian flows at entrance / exit times and is obstructed by cycle-racks, post storage boxes, lampposts, guardrail.
Wide carriageway encourages poor driver behaviour (double parking, 3- point turns, speeding).
Inadequate lining encourages parking and drop-offs too close to the entrance gate.
Bend radii at junction not tight enough, lengthening the crossing for pedestrians, restricting sight-lines and encouraging drivers to drive too fast through the junction.
Parents and children like to linger near the gate to say goodbye, chat, etc. – this should be accommodated.
Road design outside the school gate – potential improvements
Space for parents, carers and children to linger near the gate and socialise, chat, say goodbye, etc.
Adequate width of footway to accommodate pedestrians at peak flow.
Road design emphasises, “Cars are guests here.”
Narrowed carriageway discourages driver behaviours such as double parking, 3-point turns and speeding.
Improved lining encourages parking and drop-offs away from the entrance gate.
Bend radii at junction tightened, shortening the crossing for pedestrians, improving the sight-lines and encouraging drivers to drive cautiously through the junction.
Bollards to prevent pavement parking, yet still allow free pedestrian movement.
Bike racks outside gate – helps to avoid congestion through the gate, as fewer bikes need to be brought in by parents dropping off.
A raised-table across Warrender Pk Rd could also be included to further slow vehicle speeds (not shown on drawing).
Continuous footway across Warrender Pk Rd could also be provided, giving priority to pedestrians (not shown on drawing).