Pavement left unprotected

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 November, 1999, 12:00am

The Government has recently erected barriers along many pavements - a most welcome measure, given Hong Kong drivers' disregard for pedestrians by using the pavements as parking space.

Some months ago, the pavement along Lyttleton Road, near the traffic lights at the junction with Park Road, was marked for the erection of barriers right up to the traffic lights. Yet, the barriers stop about 150 metres short of the junction, opposite a school. So, each weekday morning, the pavement on the south side is totally blocked by cars delivering children to school. Pedestrians are forced to use the road, facing danger from large buses turning into Lyttleton Road from Park Road. I have also seen several misses with children barely avoiding being hit as they run unchecked by barriers across the road.

I would like an explanation why the most dangerous section of the pavement has been left unprotected by barriers, endangering the life of pedestrians by cars parked and of children, who are not protected from spilling into the road. Further stretches of Lyttleton Road are fully protected by barriers.

I would also like to know why no action is ever taken by traffic police to stop the dangerous practice of cars and trucks parking on the pavement.