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BrilloPad
4th November 2015, 08:41
Britain's first ever pedestrian fast lane introduced - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11973876/Britains-first-ever-pedestrian-fast-lane-introduced.html)

Apparently in Japan there are slow lanes for people who browse their phone while walking.

Maybe there should be pedestrian motorways too? And traffic lights? Maybe a walking test you have to pass before being allowed to walk on your own?

original PM
4th November 2015, 08:47
in theory great

in practice

what is 'fast'?

how fast should you go?

who polices it?

if someone is walking slowly in the fast lane can you just barge them out of the way?

most people are so ****** ignorant and wrapped up in their own shitty tumblr feed or twittering about on tw@ter that they could not give a damn about anyone anyway

WTFH
4th November 2015, 08:49
It would be nicer not to have people walking 3 abreast to block footpaths, aisles, etc. If it's a narrow path and busy, how about allowing others move in the other direction?

Dallas
4th November 2015, 08:50
Meh, that's what elbows are for, shunting the slow folks.

BrilloPad
4th November 2015, 08:52
who polices it?


Very very sad people. Who are unemployable except to work for some government body or another.

Or maybe they could use cameras?

Dallas
4th November 2015, 08:53
Ill police it, with a taser.

BrilloPad
4th November 2015, 08:54
Meh, that's what elbows are for, shunting the slow folks.

You might make them cry. Would you want that?

BrilloPad
4th November 2015, 08:55
Ill police it, with a taser.

Aren't you busy polishing that bench?

VectraMan
4th November 2015, 09:05
I got stuck behind a couple holding hands yesterday lunchtime. Which is all very lovely and everything, but they were walking slowly and taking up the entire footpath.

If you want to be in love that's great, but do it on your own time FFS!

:tantrum:

vetran
4th November 2015, 09:08
You might make them cry. Would you want that?

Yes, Yes Yes!

Love & Kisses Dallas

MrMarkyMark
4th November 2015, 09:16
It would be nicer not to have people walking 3 abreast to block footpaths, aisles, etc. If it's a narrow path and busy, how about allowing others move in the other direction?

This :tantrum:.

Also, I always get infuriated by the look you get given by a mobile tw@tter / texting drone when they almost walk directly into you.
They look at you like it was your fault that they almost walked into you, FFS :mad

Or joggers, who think they have right away and whistle at you to get out of the way, because they just can't stop jogging :suicide:

vetran
4th November 2015, 09:21
I have a special bike horn for people like this that walk 3-> 6 abreast on shared lanes.

I have a polite "ding ding" for warning people I'm cycling along a restricted lane. I have an air raid siren for when I get close. One or the other works.

d000hg
4th November 2015, 09:31
I got stuck behind a couple holding hands yesterday lunchtime. Which is all very lovely and everything, but they were walking slowly and taking up the entire footpath.

If you want to be in love that's great, but do it on your own time FFS!

:tantrum:How hard is it to politely say "excuse me"?


I suppose it's not a BAD idea but does seem pretty ridiculous. It's not difficult to walk fast through crowded streets... you just have to pay attention. Even in London.

VectraMan
4th November 2015, 09:44
How hard is it to politely say "excuse me"?

I always feel self-consciously English doing that. "I say...". "Would you mind awfully...", "Would you mind dear boy...". Plus it means having to interact with other humans.

Judging by the way people here treat what's clearly designated as a cycle lane as a place to talk about the weather, let their children play and walk their dogs the chances of a pedestrian fast lane working are zero. I've often thought about putting a cow catcher on the front of my bike.

Chuck
4th November 2015, 09:50
Judging by the way people here treat what's clearly designated as a cycle lane as a place to talk about the weather, let their children play and walk their dogs the chances of a pedestrian fast lane working are zero. I've often thought about putting a cow catcher on the front of my bike.


Perhaps it's because the last place anyone expects to see a cyclist is in a cycle lane. They're much more likely to be on the pavement, jumping red lights, shouting at pedestrians on zebra crossings, or any of the more usual places for bicycles.

sal
4th November 2015, 10:00
Looks like a publicity stunt by Argos to promote their new Fast track system.

And as evident in the the article photos, people will just ignore them and/or walk against the direction indicated...