This was the excitement on my street this weekend:
Two buses crashing head-on in Wellington was not a surprise to residents at the scene, who said a combination of blind corners and “hooning” bus drivers made it “an accident about to happen”.
I’ve got a friend who calls this bus route the bus ride of terror. The bus drivers hoon along our ridge-top street. The car drivers hoon. The motorcyclists hoon. The SUV drivers hoon like you wouldn’t believe. Even I occasionally rev the handle bars on my bicycle and hoon and holler down the hill.
But I reckon part of the problem is not drivers, but street design. There are either cars parked all over the footpath, making it impossible for baby prams and wheelchairs to get past, or they are parked on the road reducing the space and visability on the many blind corners. The other problem is the speed limit. Two cars travelling towards each other at 50km on blind corners makes for quite a loud ‘boom’. A boom that gave my kid a nightmare. The road is only 2 kms long. Going at 30 km an hour instead of 50km, such as on Willis St at present, would lose a driver 42 seconds at most.