I have just watched a couple of pigs fly across the face of a full blue moon.
Yes, indeed this is a rare occasion.
You see, I just read a report from our gubmint that actually made sense.
It suggests amongst other things that barrier fences at the side of the road be removed and that the likes of roundabouts should be heavily restricted. It also recommends the removal of a lot of the signage clutter. Brilliant!
The primary idea is that the barrier between motorist and pedestrian be reduced. I would actually like to see it removed altogether. At present, the motorist sees the road as his domain and God help any pedestrian who strays there. What I would like to see is the abolition of the whole concept of “road” and “pavement” [or “sidewalk” if you’re an ignorant Mercan].
I have seen this in action in France, and it works brilliantly. I have seen many examples where the road and the pavement are one and the same, and neither car nor pedestrian has right of way. But surely that leads to chaos and danger, you say? Not a bit of it. It couldn’t be safer because both motorists and pedestrians are well aware of the situation so they keep a close eye out for each other. Motorists don’t need a speed limit as they have to drive very carefully, keeping an eye out for errant pedestrians all the time. Neither feels 100% secure so both take extra care. The idea should be to confuse people rather than regulate. Confused people approach a situation with extra care.
Another good move would be to remove all traffic-lights.
Take a look.