How to cross the road in the City

bd84 5 February 2009 41

After many years and magically overnight, the ACT Government has now provided us with essential help and directions detailing how one should go about crossing the road from most footpath crossings in the City by marking “LOOK” on the road immediately in front of the crossing. 

Two questions came to mind when I encounted them this morning: I wonder if we can sue the government when the direction tells us only to look one way, when in some cases traffic may be approaching from both directions? Also, are these markings necessary and a proven way of minimising the number of pedestrians getting knocked over or just another waste of money?


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Granny Granny 2:36 pm 05 Feb 09

Yes, where roads are concerned I also subscribe to the X-files approach!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:31 pm 05 Feb 09

After spending years in foreign parts, wherever I am, I stand and look this and that way, umpteen times. When walking in Australia, I can’t even remember which way the cars come from. Ditto here in the US. Never trust roads, do lots of looking. Cars can appear from anywhere.

Oh…and spot on Ant!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:29 pm 05 Feb 09

I imagine that it cost one persons’ wages for a day and a few tins of spray-paint, so grumbling about cost is rather odd.

Don’t fool yourself Nick. If only it were true!

ant ant 2:19 pm 05 Feb 09

After spending years in foreign parts, wherever I am, I stand and look this and that way, umpteen times. When walking in Australia, I can’t even remember which way the cars come from. Ditto here in the US. Never trust roads, do lots of looking. Cars can appear from anywhere.

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 1:50 pm 05 Feb 09

I found these quite useful in Tokyo, as that place is riddled with one way back alley streets that mini-trucks and scooters scream through at any time of day…

Granny Granny 1:49 pm 05 Feb 09

*hehe*

What a ruination of a perfectly good joke!

astrojax astrojax 1:38 pm 05 Feb 09

d’oh, time lag – that was for deckard’s comment, mai oui

astrojax astrojax 1:37 pm 05 Feb 09

on a camel

Granny Granny 1:20 pm 05 Feb 09

LOL

They also believe in just running the pedestrians over in Helsinki, so perhaps they should watch out for Finnish tourist drivers as well ….

; )

Deckard Deckard 1:14 pm 05 Feb 09

Wouldn’t it be ironic if you looked to the right, stepped out on to the road and were hit from the left by a French tourist driving on the wrong side of the road.

shauno shauno 1:13 pm 05 Feb 09

One thing is for sure its not likely to be Europeans getting hit because they are use to no one stopping for pedestrians especially in Paris

NickD NickD 12:51 pm 05 Feb 09

This is a good idea, and the timing is good given that the ANU is about to begin its annual orientation period for foreign students. I imagine that it cost one persons’ wages for a day and a few tins of spray-paint, so grumbling about cost is rather odd.

p1 p1 12:40 pm 05 Feb 09

Now that might distract people enough that they walk into traffic. That or outrage them enough that they rant in a post on riotact.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:58 am 05 Feb 09

p1 said :

I am trying to think of a humorous image to paint on the ground at the end of the arrow…

boobies!

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:58 am 05 Feb 09

I noticed these signs this morning. At least they’re new and it hasn’t taken me a few weeks to realise, haha.

Duke Duke 11:51 am 05 Feb 09

This is one of myriad superfluous signs polluting our town. How about Keep Left – just in case you were thinking of driving over double yellow lines or mounting a traffic island in order to overtake.

Or Don’t Tailgate – as if serial tailgaters would pay any attention to this sign.

Thumper Thumper 11:38 am 05 Feb 09

Walk, err, ‘work’, that is…

Granny Granny 11:37 am 05 Feb 09

*hehe*

I love it!

Crossing the road was actually difficult for me in the US and I think it was because they drive on the opposite side of the road. I’m not sure why that threw me so much, but I remember that I really did have to think about it.

Thumper Thumper 11:34 am 05 Feb 09

I should add that it reminds me of signs we have on doors here where I walk.

‘Warning, door may open’

Really?

Overheard Overheard 11:33 am 05 Feb 09

Thumper said :

Foreign tourists in a strange city in a strange land are typically tired, jet-lagged, disoriented, battling with the language and customs, distracted while map-reading/looking for street signs/lost, or all/some of the above

I dunno about that. I looked everywhere in Marrakesh, even up.

You were likely to be run over by a camel as much as a car or bus, and that was on the sidewalk!

Yeah, but the camels come with speed humps.

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