Letter To the Editor By Whitby’s Caroline Witt.
Hi Real Whitby,
I would just like to say I enjoy the real whitby website. I’m not quite sure what kind of articles you are wanting us to submit so I am just going to give this my first try.
I have very limited mobility & have to use a mobility scooter in order to get out & about, I try to be as polite & courteous as possible whilst I go about my business.
I have to use the pavements, as my scooter is not a “roadster” model, so, whenever I am behind someone, rather than press the “tooter” I always say “excuse me please”.
The biggest problem I encounter, AND, by far the most dangerous, is when I have to use traffic lights to cross the roads.
What is it about drivers that they put speed on when they see the Amber light? I have had some real nerve wracking close calls because of this.
The worst by a long way, are the traffic lights on Mayfield road. I dread having to go that way, which I do when I go to the surgery,because vehicles coming from the new bridge to go up Mayfield road come round that bend at full speed, I have lost count of the near misses I have had, only this morning ( Fri.24th July) I was crossing from my side & a father & his young son were coming towards me when a car came hurtling round so fast I actually screamed out & the young lad did so as well.
I’m not saying I have a God given right to be on the paths but I DO have the right to expect to be able to cross when the lights are in my favour.
Although Mayfield road is my biggest fear, there are also the traffic lights on Helredale road & the ones up near Sainsburys, that drivers get the idea they can put speed up instead of slowing down when the Amber light is telling them to. That’s it, I expect to get some critique about mobi scooter users & I will agree that there ARE some who do think they have priority over everyone else, but I like to think I am not too bad & all I ask is that drivers PLEASE don’t try to be an “Amber gambler” you could seriously hurt OR kill someone.
Thank You. Carolyn Witt