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Poll suggests Jaywalkers the issue, not buses

Jul 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

RED LIGHT: A Jaywalker photographed in Wellington yesterday.

ACCIDENTS or close calls with buses are a familiar story for a quarter of people surveyed on the streets of Wellington yesterday.

Thirteen of 55 people spoken to by NewsWire say they or someone they know have either been hit or had close calls on the bus route through the city.

Laura Smith, 23, of Eastbourne says she saw someone run out in front of a bus on Willis St this morning.

“After the big crash yesterday on the same street, why would you do that,” she says, referring to the accident which left a man in a critical condition in hospital.

Almost half of the respondents blame pedestrians for not looking, while about a quarter say it is a combination of factors which also include street design, drivers and buses in general.

EIlish Murphy, 17, says everyone is just crossing without even looking.

“There should be some sort of wardens like parking wardens whose job it is to fine J walkers,” says the student from Newlands.   Kyle Fein, 47, has seen the problem as a former bus driver.

“They just step onto the road without even looking most of the time. They’re usually on their cell phones or music players.

“I think that the council should make the roads wider so that pedestrians are avoidable,” says the bank worker from Johnsonville.

Vanessa Leung’s grandmother was hit by a bus in the city and ended up in hospital and is now fully recovered.

The Karori student, 16, pictured right, says it is a pedestrian and street issue: “Everyone jay-walks. I think they should put in more pedestrian crossings and make the bus lanes clearer.”

Chris BensemanX, 34, from Whitby, says he has almost been hit by a bus on Willis Street before the road works began.

“It is both a pedestrian and driver issue. Pedestrians don’t look and bus drivers are aren’t aware.”

Barry Grant, 53, a businessman from Churton Park says The layout of the city makes it easy for accidents to occur.

“Buses are travelling through busy areas of the city in which there is a lot of foot traffic due to the amount of people working in the city. It’s like driving a bulldozer through a crowded mall.

ALL AGREED: From left, Michael Manuel, Tiare Lesa and Julia Finau.

“A solution would be to change the bus route so that the busses don’t travel through the middle of the city where there is a lot of food traffic.”

“They’re ruthless,” was the comment on bus drivers by Julia Finau, 19, sales assistant, Lower Hutt.

Responses from some of those spoken to:

Martin Osborne, 41, debt collector, Newlands, thinks J-walking has become a problem and so he has stopped J-Walking.

Julia Finau, 19, sales assistant, Lower Hutt, described bus drivers as “ruthless”, but her friend Tiare Lesa, 21, a student from Porirua also said pedestrians should not just walk out without a care. Their friend, Upper Hutt student Michael Manuel, 18, agreed with them.

Matt Mckegg, 24, software developer, Te Aro thinks earphones cause accidents and awareness should be raise to show that pedestrians are doing it wrong.

Kai Sui, left, 28, analyst, Tawa: “Buses don’t suit the streets of Wellington very well.”

Kelly Chapman, 29, office manager, Hataitai: “People, humans, should take more care.”

Polly Lind, 41, unemployed, Aro Valley has nearly been hit on Willis Street and says it is so ingrained in Wellington that we just cross the road without looking.

Olivia Smiler, 34, manager, Island Bay thought it was a mixture of issues, stating that more barriers and crossing could be put up.

Irene McGlone, right, 16, a student from Brooklyn says she frequently has near misses when crossing the city streets. “It happens to me quite often, usually when I’m J-walking, texting or listening to my iPod. It’s a slack and unaware culture.”

Jenny Smith, 27, accountant, Wadestown has known people who have been hit. “It would be ugly, but you could put up physical barriers, but I don’t want that.”

Lacee Franks, 23, dancer, Karori: “I think it’s a pedestrians. Everyone is J walking and it’s hard for bus drivers or any divers to stop immediately. More pedestrian crossings should be put in place.”

Sheldon Stevenson, 18, customer service representative, Newlands: “It’s probably the bus driver’s fault, most of the time.” He suggests better buses that are not made to go fast.

Courtney Twist, left, 24, accountant, Brooklyn thinks people who are the issue, but does not think that measures like barriers would help.

Georgie Allison, 21, student, Newtown feels people need to be more aware and take responsibility but she thinks that it is only natural with “massive buses going through tiny places with lots of people.

Hannah Rutherford, 22, student, Newtown: “I’m a nervous crosser, I usually cross using the lights and I only cross at random if I’m being dragged by a friend. I think that it’s both the buses and pedestrians fault because buses go too fast during peak hour but also it’s a case of being cautious when crossing and Wellington roads are really narrow.”

Jeff Toawairere, 61, Berhampore: “Pedestrians are at fault. Quite a few walk across the road with earphones in their ears. It’s not the drivers fault, it’s the no-looking, I’ve seen it with my own eyes.”

Courtney Thorp, right, 20, student, Kelburn thinks accidents are caused by a combination of problems and to prevent it there should be advertising awareness.

Carole Reid, 22, student, Newtown: “I think it’s fine, people just don’t look where they’re going. It’s a people issue as they’re stepping out at places which are bus territory anyway, so it shouldn’t be the drivers fault.”

Myah Preston, 21, Student, Newtown: Myah believes that it is a pedestrian issue and in order to prevent this there should be more rules and consequences on jaywalking.

“People are just being oblivious, drivers are not doing anything wrong.”

Courtney Tadderson, 19, Student, Te Aro has a friend who was on a bus where the driver “slammed on the brakes and sent many passengers flying from the back to the front of the bus”. She says the bus system has definitely improved, especially in and around the city having the special bus lanes and low speed limits.

Glen McDonald, left, 63, Newtown thinks people are blasé about crossing roads in Wellington and people should be more careful crossing roads.

Julie Kennedy, 18, student, Newtown: “I believe it is a street issue. The streets in Wellington are really narrow and it can be hard for buses to get around corners. They come up on to the footpath quite often. I guess that is not the drivers’ fault though. Drivers just need to be aware of that and people just need to stick by the road rules.”

Nitya Kenada, 32, business woman, Newlands is happy with the bus transport system. “So far, so good.”

Monica McNeill, 18, Victoria University student, Te Aro: “Bus drivers are quite reckless and don’t seem to care where they’re going most of the time. Slow speed limits for bus drivers in the city or possible even reduce the number of busses traveling through the city.”

Shan Memon, 26, engineer, Te Aro: “The remodelling of the city has not been a good change. I don’t like how buses now travel through Manners Mall, a popular pedestrian area. Reverse the changes.”

Holly Anne Paterson, right, 18, student, Taita believes to prevent bus accidents requires better Education for everyone.

Rachel Kirby, 68, retired, Johnsonville: “Back in the day there wasn’t so much of people crossing the road when it suited them, so I think it’s a pedestrian problem. No one back then was getting hit by buses. Pedestrian’s need to learn to cross at the designated crossings. They’ve been put there for a reason. In some places they get fined for not crossing at the crossing so I think it’s something we should do here.”

Josh Trayer, 16, student, Wadestown: “I guess there is a lot of J walking. Tell buses to slow down or prosecute J walkers.

Sloan Taylor, 33, hairdresser, Te Aro: “Pedestrains. No-one uses the crossings and they all walk onto the road willy nilly. Barriers across the side of the road would definitely work.”

Stefani Germanotta, 25, waitress, CBD, has a cousin, Natali, who walked onto the road at Lambton Quay being clipped by the front of the Go Wellington Bus.

“Definitely a pedestrian problem. They’re inconsiderate of drivers and have a huge lack of patience. They should create a new bus route, that way they won’t have to worry about inpatient business people. Or put up more crossing or barriers or something to stop people walking onto the road so easily.”

Luis Ferreira, left, 24, hospitality, Aro Valley: “It is mainly pedestrians not crossing at crossings, and without looking.”

Camelle Samson, 16, student Kingston: “They should put up more warnings, stoplights and more pedestrian crossings.”

Raijeli Seru, 16, student, Newlands: “They [the pedestrians] need to be more aware of buses and use their common sense.”

Jess Vaughan, 16, student, Crofton Downs: “It’s a bit of a pedestrian issue just because people walk onto the road without looking. The bus drivers think they own the road. They need to be nicer and get more training.”

Bhavisha Pravin, 16, a student from Mount Victoria, believes that pedestrians have no patience. “I see it all the time. People don’t bother with crossings. We need to follow the rules.”

Nyarie Muza, 16, a student from Island Bay, almost witnessed a bus and pedestrian collision occur moments before. “Mostly it is the pedestrian’s fault. People just cross the road with no patience.”

Alan Abyarimpa, 22, a marketer at Bunnings, from Lyall Bay, has a sister who was almost hit by a bus between Manners and Victoria Street. “It’s awareness from both pedestrians and bus drivers. However, pedestrians don’t think and J-walking should be policed.”

Madeline Cooper, right, 19, student, Karori: “Bus drivers have that mindset of ‘they’ll just get out of the way’, when in reality they don’t.” She says that bus drivers should be made to go through more defensive driving courses, and there should be more strict J-walking laws.

Alana Cate, 20, student, Wellington City: “Bus drivers tend to speed up when they see you crossing and they can be really brutal when they go quite fast. I think it’s a combination of all pedestrians, buses and drivers but I think it’s mainly the driver’s responsibility because they get careless.”

Alice McGall, 21, student, Wellington City: “Buses are at their worst around Willis St because there is so many road works and no proper pedestrian crossing making it dangerous for people crossing because there’s not enough space.”

Sarah Tewhare, 18, student, Mt Cook: “Drivers are careless. I’m not too impressed with the bus drivers because my friend got hit by a bus at the top of Cuba and he had to go to hospital.”

Philip Atkinson, left, 24, IT manager, Mt Victoria thinks the problem is caused by people, with headphones just stepping out.

Megan Beard, 18, student, Mt Cook: “They should do relicensing for bus drivers every few years because there are some really bad bus drivers out there.”

Dave Johnson, 55, works for Telecom, Hataitai: “I hate it how buses run red lights, particularly on Boulcott, Willis and Manners. It’s a combined driver and pedestrian problem, there’s hardly enough room on the road for cars and buses. Dave likes the idea of having a shared road. “people and buses working with each other as well as a low speed limit would help”

Lagi Tuiamavave, 20, student, and Channa Hem, 21, student, Newtown: “Walking along manners you feel really close to the buses, they are right next to you. Pedestrians need to be far more aware, it’s pretty hard not to see a bus coming unless you’re on a corner.” They suggest more signage on the busier streets to remind people to look both ways.

Annie Te One, 21, student, Paekakariki – “I get quite scared when I’m walking along and the buses get too close to the pavement. I feel though it is a mix of everyone involved in the situation. It’s like bus drivers hate their jobs hate their jobs and are really rude, it feels like they don’t care. It’d be a good idea to promote pedestrians crossings and raise awareness around the issue, you could possibly even lower the speed.”

Laura Smith, 23, promotions co-ordinator, Eastbourne says when buses get quite close to the footpath she gets scared.

“I just saw a guy run out in front of a bus, I mean after the big crash yesterday on the same street, why would you do that? I think confusion is a major issue, people don’t often know which direction the buses come from.”

She suggests Increasing awareness. “Maybe a system where you can hear the buses, like in San Fransisco the cable cars have bells.”

Newswire team: Kathleen Baker, Daniel Brownie, Corey Spence, Tiana Barns, Joe Ringrose, Via Tugaga, Valeria Mendoza-Davis, Thomas Croskery, Kayla Bishop, Hamish Goodall, Laura Gardiner and Thandiwe Ntshinga.





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  1. People no longer know how to cross the road. It’s sad, but it’s true.

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