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Post 16581

Baron Grim

Pedestrian crossings aren't standardized at all in the US. Most no longer spell out "WALK" or "DON'T WALK", most have stick figure icons, but they're typically both amber. Recently some crossings have countdown numbers above the walking person icon, which is handy for drivers as well as it can warn traffic that the light is about to change. Some intersections have gone so far as to put LED rings around the traffic lights that flash more rapidly before a signal change. But again, there is little standardization. Installing crosswalks is typically left to developers in suburban areas which just adds to the variation.

I was recently surprised and intrigued when I saw this video regarding the tactile sidewalk markings at UK pedestrian crossings to indicate the type of crossing for the visually impaired. Sometimes we have tactile paving at crossings, but I think it's so inconsistent that I can't assume it's meant to communicate anything.


And regarding animal crossings,
Ya know, they really shouldn't place deer crossings in such high traffic areas!
smiley - laugh

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Post 16582

Pink Paisley

Couriers. Still. And MORE.

To recap.

Saturday's delivery didn't happen and this conversation resulted:-

Call 1.
"Do NOT try to re-deliver on Monday. Like YOU I have to go to work. I won't be there.".

Call 2.
"So what now?"
"We'll deliver it on Monday."
"I won't be there Monday. Like YOU, I have to go to work."

I'm going to drive to the depot to collect it after work on Monday. 12 miles away. (Actually, it was 13 each way).


I turned up at the depot at 7p.m. yesterday.

Embarrassed looking woman - "Er, it's not here. The driver left it with your neighbour. Didn't he leave a card?"

"I wouldn't be here if he had left a card..... and I instructed your call centre TWICE not to deliver it on Monday. We made arrangements for me to come here to pick it up."

I may invoice TNT for an hour of my time and what, 35 pence per mile?


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Post 16583

Dr Anthea - ah who needs to learn things... just google it!

talking of crossings
there is of course the pegasus crossing intended for people riding horses for when the bridleway crosses a road but I think there are only two or three in the whole of the UK and thus very unlikely to be encountered

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Post 16584


Oh, I've seen those – I just thought they were called Equestrian Crossings. At least, that's what I called it when I wrote A86725371 as there's one on the bridleway route.


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Post 16585

Icy North

Pegasus wouldn't have needed them. Just saying.

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Post 16586


smiley - laugh

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Post 16587

Baron Grim

PP, I can empathize.

I once had a similar issue. I was about to go on vacation and had a package due to be delivered. The package was a "skirt" for my kayak, which was currently in West Virginia (I'm in Texas) with my parents and where I hoped to do some white water kayaking. The skirt keeps the water out of the kayak in rough water. I called the courier (a Brown one) after they had left a missed delivery note on our fence. I asked if I could come to their depot and pick it up personally but they said I could not as this was an international delivery (from Canada) and that required 3 delivery attempts. I told them that I would be at work the next day and on a plane the day after that and no one would be at home to accept it. That didn't matter. Despite requests to leave it with a neighbor or place it in a secured box on the property, I had to pay for a return and second shipping fees after I got back.

The kayak trip was rather treacherous as the kayak kept filling with water and becoming very unstable.

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