Guiseley children ‘scared to walk on main roads’

Guiseley children ‘scared to walk on main roads’

Guiseley children ‘scared to walk on main roads’

First published in Local news Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Children in Guiseley are too frightened to walk next to the main roads, it is claimed.

The area’s neighbour-hood forum says fewer people are walking and cycling in the area because the roads are so busy and it described the Guiseley gyratory as a barrier for pedestrians.

The fears of children and their parents were voiced during research carried out by Aireborough Neighbour-hood Forum and Aire-borough Youth Fourm.

Jennifer Kirkby, acting programme manager, said: “One of the findings in the initial Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum research was that people used the car at the weekend, because it was too unpleasant to walk to a lot of the shops.

“Children are actually scared now to walk along the main roads and cross them – that has come from research done by the Aireborough Youth Forum.”  Last week the forum carried out a place awareness walk around the infant school on Oxford Road.

Jennifer said the road was now a “rat run” and that local mothers were warning it was only a matter of time before there was a serious accident.

“We don’t just need a rethink of transport and travel – let alone population in relation to infrastructure – we need to think walkways, and cycleways,” she said.

She added: “People will just not travel on buses until they are reliable, pleasant and value for money – and that is a pipe dream at the moment.”  Aireborough Civic Society chairman Clive Woods said the reliability of bus services using the A65 was being affected by problems at Guiseley gyratory.

He said: “Since changes some months ago, traffic travelling along the A65 from Oxford Road is often blocked by traffic exiting Park Road, when the lights are green, for the A65.

“This means that often only six vehicles can actually cross the junction, compared to 20 from Park Road each time.

“This is affecting all traffic using the A65 and particularly the reliability of bus services 33, 33A, 97, 737 and 966.”

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2:59pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Frances Lincoln says...

Local mothers need to stop driving their children to school.....they contribute massively to congestion.

Just remember how easy it is to get around in the school holidays.
Local mothers need to stop driving their children to school.....they contribute massively to congestion. Just remember how easy it is to get around in the school holidays. Frances Lincoln
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3:15pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Gilly01 says...

Guiseley is a nightmare and has been for a long time, made worse by the new lane layout down on the gyratory. Perhaps if parents were to walk with their young children on the towns roads and educate them, then they might grow up not to be as frightened, equally if more parents acutally walked to school it would leave the way a bit clearer for people moving through town on their way to work. I have also noticed in recent times that children from Fieldhead school don't even bother to use the crossings, instead prefer to play chicken! something the schools could tackle!
Guiseley is a nightmare and has been for a long time, made worse by the new lane layout down on the gyratory. Perhaps if parents were to walk with their young children on the towns roads and educate them, then they might grow up not to be as frightened, equally if more parents acutally walked to school it would leave the way a bit clearer for people moving through town on their way to work. I have also noticed in recent times that children from Fieldhead school don't even bother to use the crossings, instead prefer to play chicken! something the schools could tackle! Gilly01
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12:07am Sun 25 Nov 12

baldybogey says...

This is lazy journalism..

Why have you not even bothered to go in to Guiseley and take a photo to demonstrate the story??

Instead you use an image from "The York Press" which ran a story of traffic disruption in Selby due to gas works on 17th July 2012, so hardly surprising there was a lot of cars bumper to bumper..

Original story..
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This is lazy journalism.. Why have you not even bothered to go in to Guiseley and take a photo to demonstrate the story?? Instead you use an image from "The York Press" which ran a story of traffic disruption in Selby due to gas works on 17th July 2012, so hardly surprising there was a lot of cars bumper to bumper.. Original story.. wwwDOTyorkpressDOTco DOTuk/news/9820453.S elby_traffic_hit_by_ delays/ And the street scene can be seen on google maps by googling'' 17 Gowthorpe, Selby, North Yorkshire YO8, United Kingdom baldybogey
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