Council will install more road safety signs, replace missing bollards and better define entry and exit locations along Rickard Road and Warrimoo Oval as part of a road safety push in the lower Mountains suburb.
Councillors also voted at last month’s meeting to continue to monitor road safety conditions on Rickard Road, liaise with NSW Police to target the area at peak times and to seek funding to implement other measures, like calming devices.
Clr Mark Greenhill, now the mayor, made an amendment to require council to apply to Roads and Maritime Services for a pedestrian crossing to be installed on Rickard Road for use by local pre-school and primary school aged children and their families.
A previous council report suggested a pedestrian crossing near the pre-school was a low priority because most parents dropped their children off near the pre-school.
But Clr Greenhill said he and fellow Ward 4 councillors Brendan Christie and Anton Von Schulenburg had received many calls, emails and letters from local residents, parent groups and the Warrimoo Citizens Association about near misses of pedestrians and an urgent need to improve pedestrian safety along Rickard Road.
“It is a long, sweeping road with a history of poor driver behaviour and is heavily populated by school children with an oval and a school on one side and a pre-school on the other,” he said. “I don’t want any of us, be it (council) staff or councillors, ever having to explain to a coroner’s court why we did not push this (a pedestrian crossing).”
Councillors unanimously backed the amendment.