I wrote a thing for WalkSydney: Sydney’s Refugee Crisis. Read the whole post.
Refugee children, trapped on a small island, trying to get to a better place, are challenged by a convoy of heavily armoured, multi-ton metallic objects moving within a mere 1 meter past their developing bodies at 50 km/h. What could go wrong?
Overall, refuge islands and free lefts are terrible traffic engineering and worse urban design. Instead, narrow the intersection and design it so pedestrians are controlled by only one light when crossing the street. This is especially pernicious at this location, with schoolchildren saturating the island.