Durr…

A short post today because I am ranting elsewhere – but it was as I was crafting a point-by-point rebuttal of a council employee’s email explaining why they couldn’t put two lousy toucan crossings in to complete what would otherwise be a safe and convenient route to the new hospital instead of a death dash across two 60 mph roads,* that I noticed the message at the bottom:

Please consider the environment. Do you really need to print this e-mail?

It’s so good to know that the planet is in safe hands…

* variously: you can’t put toucan crossings in on a 60 mph road, not enough people are likely to use it, it’s up to the hospital to create a Travel Plan (so that’s all right then), I cross the road on my bike and it’s fine, we don’t think the road to the hospital will be that busy, and people can just find a gap in the traffic and sprint across. Or something…

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2 Responses to Durr…

  1. Andy says:

    If you are willing to put in some research legwork, the report found here;

    http://www.trl.co.uk/online_store/reports_publications/trl_reports/cat_traffic_engineering/report_traffic_signal_controlled_pedestrian_crossings_on_high-speed_roads.htm

    might give you some answers regarding the safety of a Toucan on a high speed road (I’ve not read it). You have to register with the Transport Research Laboratory, but after that pretty much all their reports can be downloaded for free.

  2. disgruntled says:

    I think at a minimum they’ve got to drop the speed limits on those roads. 60 mph is just daft

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