Friday, August 10, 2012

Uh, duh-uh

The Dom Post reports that a "long-awaited" council safety review has concluded that the reason pedestrians are being killed or injured when they step out into the street in the path of a moving bus is that pedestrians are stepping out into the street without looking to see if a bus is busy using it at the time. 

See, it is possible to figure out the root cause of these kinds of complex and apparently unfathomable safety problems, if only the authorities are willing to put sufficient time and money into analysing those causes.  At this rate, one day we may even be able to figure out what causes people to be hit by trains...

8 comments:

gravedodger said...

How much did it cost to reveal that unfathomable bit of pure logic?

Psycho Milt said...

Apparently, much of it was done at no charge - the author has Celia Wade-Brown saying the report was based on several "complimentary" studies. To be fair, the story also has "complimentary" in quote marks, so it may have been Wade-Brown's error.

My favourite recommendation from the report is "Make buses easier to see." Seriously, what the fuck?

Ciaron said...

Didn't they used to be painted yellow for that very reason?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

We'll need a new $300k post graduate thesis study to determine which colour best breaks through the befuddled fog of cannabis and alcohol. If the Unis can just introduce a 'climate change' angle they'll get $500k

gravedodger said...

One of the "VICTIMS" works for the freekin "BUS COMPANY", think he might just recognise a bloody bus whatever color it is, they are quite big and distinctive eh.

Psycho Milt said...

Huge, noisy, and as Ciaron points out, painted bright yellow or similar for visibility. Still, one of the other proposals is to reduce their speed limit to 20k, so you could probably increase their visibility even further by having someone run along in front of them waving a flag.

Ciaron said...

having someone run along in front of them waving a flag

What would be really effective is someone on a bike, with a little bell to ring constantly.:P

OR, we could cerate a whole new industry with thousands of jobs by having people at regular intervals down the road blowing whistles when a bus approches, like the stage marshals do when you go along to the WRC...

dad4justice said...

I am starting to think Ben Easton the Politicial Buster has a few clues.
No wonder Wellington is a sick joke. Just look at the putrid crap that the spin doctor pollie suckholes - feed the gulible kiwi public from that sordid socialist beehive of festering horseshit !

It should be called the Liarhive!