….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?