Sorry, Lincolnshire CC….

….but we have raised a generation that just won’t wait:

The authority’s consultancy services manager John Monk said: “We’ve seen for ourselves quite a lot of young people walking across the crossing without looking, which is a concern.

The crossing is there to help people cross the road safely, but they need to push the button and wait.”

So, that ten weeks of work was well spent, wasn’t it?

The project means there are now three routes across the road within one 350-yard stretch.

What a total and utter waste of money…

And what does the University have to say?

Thirzah Wildman, spokesman for the university, said: “We have had no complaints from members of the public about people not using the crossing, but of course we will monitor the situation.

Road safety awareness in England is covered in early years and primary education and linked with the National Curriculum.”

So is reading, writing and arithmetic. And we know just how well that works, don’t we?

But let’s hear from some of your young thinkers, shall we?

University student Myles Warden-Owen, 20, said: “In my opinion it’s a good investment.

“It’s good for people who are in wheelchairs or on crutches and I’ve used it. Some people crossing other parts of the road might be in a rush or have other things on their mind.”

Oh. Well, that’s OK then. Isn’t it?

University student Daniel Anderson, 20, said: “I think it’s useful for disabled people who want to cross the road. For others it may be less useful, but at least it gives them the option.

“Saying that, there is another crossing up the road, so maybe it defeats the object.”

Well, maybe. We’ll see. I’ll keep an eye on the Darwin Awards, I think.

And it’s not just students, of course. Virtually the same situation can be observed on roads everywhere; in fact, there’s one near me, where the jaywalkers are notorious, and despite several accidents, continue to walk straight across the road after exiting Sainsbury to get to the bus stop, ignoring a pelican crossing not 50 yards away.

Life’s too short to wait, innit?

5 comments for “Sorry, Lincolnshire CC….

  1. October 10, 2011 at 7:58 am

    We have lights up the road from us and they stop almost the moment they’re pressed but if I’m on the bike, that’s not so good and many’s the time I’ve nearly ploughed into a fast-crossing pedestrian, just as I’ve tried to beat the lights.

    If those lights had been set properly for both traffic and pedestrians, then people wouldn’t have waited and that is an accident hotspot there. It might sound uncharitable but people who don’t look about or who try it on or both are probably reducing the stupidity or smartarse quotient but of course, we’re not allowed to say that.

    • October 11, 2011 at 5:46 am

      Darwinism in action – I’m all for it1

  2. October 10, 2011 at 8:27 am

    ‘The new crossing links the main university campus with the University of Lincoln’s business and law faculty.’

    ’nuff said, surely!

    My town has had some new – and vastly expensive – crossings installed without the flashing amber light; it seems the locals were in the habit of setting off at the first flash regardless of whether the crossing was clear.

    Instead, a steady red light glows for a length of time carefully calculated to allow a hypothetical severely disabled walker to cross the road – regardless of the fact that the able-bodied person who pressed the button has long since vanished into the distance.

    It’s not an area I drive through if I can avoid it, but I’m told that at rush hour the resulting queues are causing gridlock for up to a mile.

  3. October 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    As someone who has somehow managed to survive 30 years of crossing a road – including many years of doing so in London – I will continue to cross a road when I feel it is safe to do so. Sometimes this means waiting at a crossing, whilst at other times it means that the nearest cars are far enough away that I can cross without causing them or myself any problems.

    • October 11, 2011 at 5:46 am

      Ah, if only they were making a reasoned judgement – most nowadays have their nose buried in a smartphone!

      But then, I recently saw a driver doing the same, so I guess it all evens out! 🙄

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