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There 'will be a fatality' on refurbished Bexleyheath Broadway crossing
A Welling man has spoken of his fears over potential deaths on a crossing in Bexley after he was knocked off his motorbike last week.
Francis White, 44, paused to let a pedestrian go first at the junction of Albion Road and Bexleyheath Broadway, which has recently been redone, when a car crashed into him from behind.
However, after being rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and speaking to police, he was informed it was not in fact a crossing, despite looking just like one.
The Royal Mail manager is now considering launching a campaign because he said a fatal accident could occur.
The Northdown Road resident said: "We are going to see a fatality.
"If the car had been going faster, I wouldn’t be here now.
"The passers-by were amazing and the ambulance staff but I was shocked when police told me it isn’t actually a crossing because it looks just like one.
"I’m going to take this up with Bexley Council. It needs to be clearly labelled whether it is a crossing or not.
"After I had my accident, when I was with the paramedics, we saw another incident happen as well."
Fortunately Mr White only suffered minor injuries but is he is angry about the trauma of the incident and at having to take time off work.
'Excellence in Walking and Public Realm prize'
A Bexley Council spokesman said: “We cannot pre-empt any police investigation or proportion blame, but having viewed CCTV evidence of the accident it appears that a stationary motorcycle was struck from behind by a car.
“If a stationary vehicle is hit from another vehicle behind, it is normally the person driving the moving vehicle, rather than the road they are on, that is to blame.
“The Bexleyheath scheme recently won the Excellence in Walking and Public Realm category at the prestigious London Transport Awards.
"The junction where the collision took place is based on the 'shared space' concept, which aims to create a better balance of priorities between drivers and pedestrians.
“The distinctly striped crossings, together with tactile paving and mounted signs show all road users where pedestrians are expected to cross.
“Although there is no legal requirement to do so, drivers and cyclists are encouraged to stop as they enter and leave the junction if pedestrians are waiting to cross.”
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