Lampposts padded to protect pedestrians

You’d think it’s from The Onion, but this is posted on Yahoo’s UK and Ireland news site.

Note: This is reposted from the original on March 7, 2008.

Padding to protect pedestrians (Link)
ITN – Tuesday, March 4 05:08 pm

Padded lampposts are being trialled in a London street to protect inattentive pedestrians.

A pilot scheme has been launched in Brick Lane after it was found to have the highest number of ‘walking and texting’ injuries in the country.

A study carried out by 118 118 found one in ten people has hurt themselves while focused on their mobile phone screen.

The charity Living Streets is so concerned that it has teamed up with the directory enquiries service to test a scheme to wrap up the nation’s lampposts.

A poll will be carried out on Brick Lane to gauge the response of locals.

If successful, the concept will be rolled out in Birmingham, Manchester, and Liverpool.

Glad they have the sidewalks covered, but what the heck are they going to do for them when they are crossing the road? Pad the cars and trucks? Oh heck, let’s just make a big ball pit for these fools!


2 replies
  1. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    That's the spin the Brits are putting on this.  

    BUT padding is really to help the folks who beat their heads on the post trying to figure out the illogic of having their firearms and long kitchen knives taken away.


  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Why not just pad the heads of the numbskulls that can't walk and text at the same time?  Cheaper and more effective, working on any street these people wander on, including public transportation.

    Would it not be reasonable that the fixed attention of these individuals would disqualify them from crossing the street too?  Will nets strung across the streets be next?

    The famous "stiff upper lip" of the British has been exchanged for a drooling lower lip…

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