MORE than 160 people have petitioned the City of Perth to help secure a pedestrian crossing outside the Mount Hospital.
The petition was organised by Colleen Warrener, who told the Guardian Express that a crossing from the bus stop on Mounts Bay Road to the hospital would help many people.
“The hospital has many Department of Veteran’s Affairs patients who are elderly, orthopaedic patients on crutches, and oncology patients that are often extremely unwell,” she said.
“There isn’t a lot of parking and it is paid hourly parking, and many of our patients are here for many hours. Some patients find it easier to catch public transport.”
Ms Warrener works at Perth Radiology Clinic on Mounts Bay Road.
“The free blue Cat bus used to come to the hospital side of the road and this service has now been cut,” she said.
“The regular bus doesn’t come to the hospital side of the road, so patients have to cross four lanes and a large median strip of a very busy road. This is difficult for able bodies people, let alone the frail and elderly.
“Some of our patients arrive flustered and anxious due to near misses crossing the road. Swans and their cygnets regularly get killed on that road. While I understand a crosswalk will not stop wildlife being killed, we want to slow traffic and make it easier to ensure that a person doesn’t get killed crossing the road.”
Ms Warrener said she had been told that a crosswalk at the spot would not be in budget considerations until 2018, which she said was “simply unacceptable”.
At the most recent Perth Council meeting, the council unanimously resolved that a report would be prepared in relation to the petition.