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Silent crossing

June 15th, 2017 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

I learned a new thing today, while I was crossing London Road.

The crossing by the junction with Martyrs Avenue has pelican crossings, or maybe they are puffin crossings, anyway they have the little buttons for pedestrians to push, and the bumpy pavement bits so that blind people know there is a crossing there, but it occurred to me the other day that there is no beeping when the man goes green.

Today there was an engineer working on the signals so I asked him if the crossing was supposed to beep and he told me that it does not, because the two halves of the road are not green for pedestrians at the same time. So I asked him how blind people, having determined that there is a crossing because of the bumpy paving, know that it is safe to cross.

He showed me that there is a little button underneath the control panel, and when the little man turns green the button rotates. How clever. Mind you, the way car and lorries stop across the crossing in heavy traffic or run the red lights in light traffic it can be pretty dangerous crossing there even when you can see, but I am still chuffed about learning this tiny little new thing today.

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