We've been running a bit late this week, owing to the time change. Which meant that my 7yo has been riding her bike to school, and arriving around 8.40.
The school is on a cul de sac, with two gates, and three pedestrian crossings (in green) forming three sides of a rectangle between them. You can see the range of possible movements here in red:
Today I stayed around to watch what the cars actually do. Here's a selection of what I saw, starting with the left-most gate where older children are often dropped.
|It's hard to see because of the rain drop on the lens but I count 5 cars outside the gate to the playground where the bike shed is sited (the gate is to the left of the left-most green line in the image above).|
|It's not a taxi rank. It's the entrance to the bike racks.|
|The green car is attempting a three point turn. Right across where parents and kids cycling from one end of the catchment would be turning in to the bike shed.|
|this vehicle is reversing|
|this vehicle is reversing as well|
Clipping the crossing. All the drivers that I saw attempt this manoeuvre did this.
This illustrates very clearly how easily accidents can happen in a contricted space, with too many people in a hurry trying to go in different directions.
|These two cars are 'parked'. No drivers in them, while they walked their kids to the main gate and did other errands.|