Sydney’s Refugee Crisis | WalkSydney
I wrote a thing for WalkSydney: Sydney’s Refugee Crisis. Read the whole post.
Refugee children, trapped on a small island, trying to get to a better place, are challenged by a convoy of heavily armoured, multi-ton metallic objects moving within a mere 1 meter past their developing bodies at 50 km/h. What could go wrong?
Overall, refuge islands and free lefts are terrible traffic engineering and worse urban design. Instead, narrow the intersection and design it so pedestrians are controlled by only one light when crossing the street. This is especially pernicious at this location, with schoolchildren saturating the island.
At least 20 people, most of them children, queued up on a refugee island at City Road and Cleveland Street, Sydney. Other groups are held back at the Seymour Centre, or have been already ferried across City Road to Victoria Park. This is typical, but not good, urban design.