Red-and-black zebra crossings, which somewhat remind us of ‘Dennis the Menace’, are being installed in Kirk Michael in response to residents calling for more formal pedestrian crossings, while adhering to TT safety requirements.
The work is included as part of a maintenance project which is currently underway.
Two crossings of this unusual type will be installed – one at Michael School near Douglas Road corner, and a second near the Baltic Road/Balleira Road junction which will serve Cannan Court sheltered housing complex.
The DoI said its officers have ‘explored several options after consultation with the community and Michael Commissioners’, and said that ‘this new style of crossing creates a satisfactory balance between the needs of the village and those of race organisers’.
The TT couse currently has no zebra crossings due to the white paint markings causing a lack of grip for accelerating motorcycles. But “excitingly” a compromise has been reached where the white crossing markings will be be replaced with red asphalt.
A statement from the DoI said: ‘Although they appear different, the new additions will have the same legal status as standard crossings and should be treated by drivers in exactly the same way, with vehicles giving way to pedestrians. If they are successful, it may be an approach that can be used in other suitable locations around the course.
Comments on the proposed traffic regs should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Regulations, Highway Services, Sea Terminal, Douglas, IM1 2RF on or before Friday 6 August 2021.