Salerie road layout continues to divide
THE road layout at Salerie Corner, which gives priority to cyclists and pedestrians, is continuing to generate mixed views.
The layout, which has been in place for more than two years, has seen two incidents directly involving the junction, according to police responses to a Guernsey Press access to information request.
John Wyatt, who lives along Glategny Esplanade and parks his car in the Salerie car park, said that from a pedestrian’s point of view the change had promoted increased cycling speeds on the shared pavement.
‘Where cars are exiting the car park and pedestrians are crossing the road, that is putting pedestrians at risk of injury through collision,’ he said.
‘At times I have been unable to complete my crossing of the road and access the safety of the pavement due to the intransigence of some cyclists to make way.
‘This leaves me standing in the roadway until they have passed.
‘I have raised this issue with the authorities, but without control or enforcement nothing can change.’
There were incidents not reported to the police, said Mr Wyatt, who said he had witnessed a collision between two cyclists at the junction. ‘Then on another occasion I was ridden into when waiting to cross the road.’
Cyclist Steve McKenzie praised the layout.
‘In my opinion, having been given two-and-a-half years to bed in, the new layout at Salerie Corner is a huge improvement to the old ambiguous junction,’ he said.
‘As a daily user in my cycle commute, I am yet to have any problems using the junction.
‘This compares to the old system where I was twice knocked from my bike by cars entering the car park without indicating or checking for cyclists, one of which I reported to the police but no action was taken.
‘It’s a shame for all the negativity as it has been a positive move – at half the cost of the new Market Street paving. It’s a big thumbs up from me.’