‘Crazy’ crossings that left Hull in total confusion could return

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‘Crazy’ crossings that left Hull in total confusion could return

‘Crazy’ crossings that left Hull in total confusion could return
2021-11-10 16:04:00
A 'crazy' crossing painted in bright colours and attention seeking words has been removed – but it could return. Pedestrians and motorists alike were left bemused by the garish crossing which appeared in Market Place/Lowgate last month. For more traffic and travel news, click here. The road markings on Market Place have been commissioned by Hull City Council and use “behavioural science to ‘nudge’ more people to use them – and use them correctly.” Stretching the width of the road it shouts out the attention seeking words “GET YOU”, “OH LA LA” and “OOF” as well as “WHITWOO” and “GOOD LOOKING”. Colourful crossing in Lowgate has been removed after trial period ends (Image: Harry Ingham) Since being spotted earlier today the crossing has prompted scores of comments. The new crossing is accompanied by painted footprints on the pavements leading up to it and the council says the design and layout are, “the first of their kind in the UK (with) eye-catching designs to encourage people to use them.” The new centre markings follow on from those laid at Anlaby Road a few days earlier which also caused strong reactions from local residents. But the removal of the crossings is not a sign they haven’t worked as the council’s portfolio holder for transport and highways Councillor Dean Kirk explains. He said: “The plan was always to trial the crossings for a period of a few weeks. The data is now being collected and will be processed by January and then we can determine whether they have been successful or not.” The crossings were rolled out in Liverpool and Hull, two areas with pedestrian casualty rates amongst the highest in the UK. The project has been delivered alongside behavioural science company So-Mo and data company Agilysis, by Hull City Council in partnership with Liverpool City Council, which has been awarded £200,000 by the Road Safety Trust. When the crossings were installed Cllr Kirk said: “We welcome the installation of the ‘nudge’ pedestrian crossings, and are pleased to be part of this innovative project which complements the council’s road safety strategy that was launched in March last year. “By working closely with the Road Safety Trust and Liverpool City Council, Hull will play a crucial part in a wider approach in helping to reduce pedestrian casualties on the roads.” The crossing on Lowgate was installed just a few months after the sad death of Rebecca Kirby, who was hit by a car in

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