23 March 2012
Who are these people that are whinging about the barriers being taken down in Jamaica Road? And what are they actually crying about?
Your report says they fear pedestrians being 'mowed down'! When has the barrier ever stopped a pedestrian being 'mowed down' in the past? And who has actually been 'mowed down'?
Of course people will get knocked down - it's a road! People have been getting knocked down in Jamaica Road ever since there was a Jamaica Road, barriers or no barriers. But 99% of the time that will be the fault of the pedestrian not crossing the road safely. Tough luck, hard cheese, instant karma, better luck next time, mate. You should have been more careful.
Of course, you can't account for drunk, or dangerous drivers, but if people take care when crossing a road - any road - then they will be fine. Trust me.
Annie Burns says she has not yet met anyone who likes the barriers down. Ms Burns should go and look at how many people are now crossing the road on their own, where they choose, like adults, and not having to walk hundreds of yards to one of the too few crossings.
She will find plenty of people who like the no barrier look. Besides, Annie Burns and her coterie of scaredy cat friends can still walk to a crossing to get over the road.
Anthony O'Brien, Millpond Estate, Bermondsey.
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