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Walksafe petition Parents create makeshift zebra crossing in Colney Hatch Lane , Barnet
Parents rolled out a makeshift zebra crossing on a “hazardous” stretch of road to warn motorists about the dangers of going too fast during the school run.
Hundreds are calling for a 20mph speed limit in the roads around Coppetts Wood Primary School, Friern Barnet, and Coldfall School, Muswell Hill.
Many feel Colney Hatch Lane, Friern Barnet, is in “dire need” of zebra crossings to help schoolchildren walk to and from school safely.
Yesterday afternoon, around 40 parents created a makeshift zebra crossing out of black and white carpet outside South Friern Library, using orange balloons as Belisha beacons to demonstrate their plight.
Sarah Perman, of Halliwick Road, Barnet, said: “Loads of people turned up which reflected the concern in the area.
“In the mornings, you see parents weaving their children through busy traffic to try and get to the other side. It’s really dangerous and hazardous.
“We don’t want any fatalities. Drivers stopped for a few minutes and told us they were supportive of what we’re campaigning for - we’ve had an overwhelming amount of support for this.”
During the afternoon, a lollipop lady guided people across the zebra crossing as children held up signs campaigning for 20mph.
In June, a group of mothers handed in a petition to Barnet Borough Council to encourage officials to lower the speed limit from 30mph and create the new crossings.
Next Tuesday, the Chipping Barnet Residents Forum and the council's area environment committee will both discuss a recent report commissioned by the council to offer a solution.
Mother-of-four Natalie Lewis said the petition is “close to her heart” after her daughter, Montana, then six, was hit by a car on the street a few years ago.
While Montana escaped with minor injuries and spent only a day in hospital, Mrs Lewis is aware other children might not be so lucky.
Mrs Lewis, of George Crescent, Barnet, said: “Children’s safety is imperative to everything and we must do everything we can to make our roads safer.
“In Montana’s case the person driving was only going at 30mph - it could have been so much worse and we need to make sure nothing like this happens again.
“Today was very successful and we’ve had a very positive reaction. After all, there is nothing to lose by lowering the speed limit.”
A statement from Barnet Borough Council said: “We have received an e-petition from the Walk Safe N10 group and are currently working with similar groups across the borough to identify appropriate traffic management measures. This would include consideration of implementing 20mph speed limits in the vicinity of schools and would look at other individual requests on a case by case basis.”
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