A blog about cars in Aberdeen.

This is a blog about cars in Aberdeen because most people aspire to the convenience of personal motor transport, pay dearly for the privilege, provide much employment, contribute greatly in taxes, and then people expect them to ‘leave the car at home’, while their money is spent creating cycle lanes and the like for freeloading cyclists.

Friday, 3 June 2011

A Great Idea from the Good Ol' U S of A

Here at Aberdeen Cars, we like America. We specifically like Houston, but we like all of America and all things American. That's why we like this; the PedFlag:

PedFlag is the name of a programme in Kirkland, Washington (on the west coast of the US) which places orange or yellow flags at crosswalks to help pedestrians gain the attention of drivers. With the aid of the brightly colored flag that can be held out in front of the pedestrian and/or waved, the pedestrian is better able to attract the attention of the driver sooner by becoming more visible.

You see, we're not monsters. We don't want to hurt pedestrians - oh no. We just want them to know their place and to feel lesser than us. The PedFlag is a sure fire way of achieving just this. There's this video:

"Take it to make it". Heh. We like that - the implication being, of course that if you don't "take it" you might not "make it" because then you'll be fair game and it won't be our fault if we run you over. In pioneering Kirkland WA (home of the PedFlag) there were 62 people run over in a year. But as the cop in the video says: "Of those 62, none of them were carrying a flag - it stands to reason: people who are carrying a flag aren't getting run into".

So, we want to see this introduced for Aberdeen "City and Shire". PedFlags on some street crossings. And pedestrians don't get to cross the road unless waving a flag.

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