Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Padded Brick

Britain's first idiot-safe street has been unveiled, in London. Lampposts in Brick Lane, London, have had padding wrapped round them, so people who walk into them will be unharmed.

This long-overdue move has been attributed to the, apparently, large number of people who walk into lampposts while sending texts, but of course it will also protect people in propeller hats who haven't quite mastered their unicycles.

UPDATE: On reflection, this is plainly a case of misuse of resources. The padding is a good idea, but it's application is flawed. It should be removed from the lampposts and taken, all of it, to the room where the committee that thought this up meets, and then it should be attached firmly to the walls, floor and ceiling.

Via normblog, where there's even a sensible remark about this news.


JuliaM said...

“Around one in ten careless Brits has suffered a "walk 'n text" street injury in the past year through collisions with lampposts, bins and other pedestrians.”

When do they propose to start fitting the padding to ‘other pedestrians’?

Or should they just scrap the anti-obesity campaign and let the problem take care of itself...?

Clunking Fist said...

I walked into a bollard once. But it was because I was "checking" rather than texting. Lesson learned