Weeble (clockworksaint) wrote,

Flat pavements and sideways crossing lights

Dundee has some strange and annoying road features. Like the bits where there are roads on the pavements or pavements that aren't raised above the road. On my way home from work there's such a pseudo-pavement. It has double yellow lines alongside it, and big yellow symbols of walking men. There's usually at least one car parked on it, and you generally feel safer walking in the car-park adjacent to it than the designated walkway. There's a similar bit somewhere else, and I can't figure out what they're for. Perhaps they're easier to cross for the mobility impaired? But why not just have regular ramps? I'm sure the mobility impaired aren't any better at passing through parked cars or not-getting-run-over than I am. Or if there's a good reason to have no change in height, why not put metal bollards alongside the road every so often to dissuade cars from driving there?

The other weird thing is the new style of pedestrian crossing near the railway station. You go up to it and press the button, and instead of watching for the red or green man at the far side of the road, you watch one to your side. It's a bit disconcerting. I suppose it might be to make sure you're looking in the direction of the oncoming traffic (there's a separate crossing for each direction of traffic), but it seems slightly counterproductive, in that it's right next to your face and absolutely blinding. Does anybody know what these are good for that the traditional style of pelican crossing is not?
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