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Old 01.07.2009, 12:23
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

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Just a word of caution; if you are caught crossing the road within (I think) 30 metres of pedestrian crossing you can be fined.
I think the crossing is about 25 metres away, but I need to cross another road without a crossing to get to road with the crossing, so I cross 1 road instead of two. Could I still be fined?

The cars turning from the main road into this side road are the problem, since they don't see me, and they are always going too fast so I don't see that they are wanting to turn until the last minute. Where I cross I only cross 1 road and I can clearly see the cars coming from all directions.
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Old 01.07.2009, 12:32
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I think the crossing is about 25 metres away, but I need to cross another road without a crossing to get to road with the crossing, so I cross 1 road instead of two. Could I still be fined?

The cars turning from the main road into this side road are the problem, since they don't see me, and they are always going too fast so I don't see that they are wanting to turn until the last minute. Where I cross I only cross 1 road and I can clearly see the cars coming from all directions.
Sorry, I'm not familiar with the details of the law - just passing on the experience of one who is now 20 francs lighter.

I also cross when I see a gap, not necessarily on a yellow crossing, but keep one eye out for any passing gentlemen of the local constabulary, just in case.
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Old 01.07.2009, 12:36
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

Very happy to hear about your daughter's condition.

I live in the area and have seen cars speed through the Glatt on the other side near the main entrance as it's between two roundabouts linking to the motorway.

One of the things that surprised me when I moved here and did my motorbike test was that during the exam I was instructed over the intercom not to wait for pedestrians crossing a double island to have finished crossing on the other side of the road.

This was not the case in the UK when I did my car test there.

Initially I put it down to "Swiss efficiency" but potentially it increases risk.

Regarding the legality of overtaking on a pedestrian crossing, that's an interesting point. The reason for all the flashing amber lights (of which there are many on this road) is to remind drivers of the many crossings.

It's also one of the main reasons the junction from Oerlikon towards the highway/Uster/Dübendorf was downgraded from 60 to 50 4+ years ago.

I appreciate the OP making this to remind us all at this time of year when more of us are out and about enjoying the weather.
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Old 01.07.2009, 12:41
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

It's a 10.- fine for not using a pedestrian crossing, underpass or overpass that is less than 50 m away (source).
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Old 01.07.2009, 12:46
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

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It's a 10.- fine for not using a pedestrian crossing, underpass or overpass that is less than 50 m away (source).
The cops could make a fortune out of this on the road between Riedikon and Bad Egg on Greifensee.

There is a car park on the opposite side of the road to the lake with an underpass to get you over the road. No-one uses it and instead they step out from behind trees quite often pushing buggies in front of them on a section of road that is 80km/h.
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

Wishing for a speedy recovery for your daughter. We have all probably done something similar at times and been fortunate to get away with it. Also hope that the driver is ok, as it can be extremely distressing to be involved in something like this.
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Old 01.07.2009, 17:07
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

I've seen near-misses on similar dual-carriage-way roads where one lane of traffic has stopped and the lead driver in the wating line has waved someone across.

Whilst not suggesting that the helpful waiting driver was at fault at all, I think one lesson to be learnt here is, as a driver, to never wave anyone across the road when there are two lanes of traffic going in the same direction.

The car in the second lane is hidden by the first car and has absolutely no time to react to a pedestrian crossing in front of them.

Glad your daughter's alright now.
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Old 01.07.2009, 17:36
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

The driver who had waved her across shouldn't have, especially when there was a red light for her.
The guy who hit her should not have changed lane before the crossing. For me it is a 'no brainer' the traffic is backed up, people are going to be tempted to run across the crossing, especially since there are buses around dropping off and picking up. Also sometimes the light has changed but people could still be crossing from when it was green for them.
When you drive you NEVER follow instructions from someone else in the car,that's a lame excuse.
Lastly, I have driven this road many times, isn't this where everyone thinks that they are finally free of Zurich city traffic and are can't wait to hit the gas pedal?

If he had just crept out slowly then she would not have had those injuries. Sorry but I think that the driver who hit her should have been found at fault.
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

vwild1 - Sad to hear about the accident - wishing your daughter a speedy recovery. Take care !
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

nksyoon... Thank you for your post.

vwild1... My heartfelt wishes to you and your family, and a speedy recovery for your daughter. *hang in there*
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Old 14.07.2009, 03:51
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Re: Almost lost my daughter last night.

Sorry this is no consolation but:

Society :: Posted 1 Jul 2009 at 9:00

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7-yr-old hit in 30 kph zone in Geneva: second accident in week
Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) - Geneva area media are sending out the alert that too many drivers are well over the speed limit in the 30 kph zones in city centres and around schools, with two accidents in a week that have put three children from Geneva in hospital, with serious injuries. Tuesday 30 June a 7-year-old boy was the latest accident victim when he was hit by a truck next to a pedestrian crossing on the rue Dancet near Plainpalais.
The first accident occurred 25 June in the St Jean district, a story broken by GenevaLunch, whose reporter Jared Bloch was one of the parents at an end-of-year primary school party that ended in tragedy: a brother and sister left the fete and were hit by a car on the crosswalk in front of the school.
Related: 20 Minutes, Tribune de Geneve (Fre)
http://genevalunch.com/category/society/
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