allan: To my mind the whole issue is related to reduction in width of the street through the "golden mile" area, with the deliberate pushing out of the footpath width and the corresponding restriction of the street width. Look at the width through the old Manners Mall area, there is barely enough room for buses to pass each other.
I totally agree. I was in attendance at one of the serious accidents on Manners Street about a year ago and it looked like the pedestrian had got a double whammy from being hit by the bus and then coming down and striking the kerb because of the road being so narrow.
Whilst I accept that pedestrians are frighteningly cavalier in taking responsibility for their own safety, the lack of any safety margin in this woeful piece of roading engineering needs to take at least some of the blame.