Ode to the lollipops

16th September 2011 by

School crossing patrol officers didn’t feature heavily in my childhood, or I don’t remember them if they did.

But now I love them. These ladies and gentlemen of the lollipop are beacons of florescent hi-visibility and humanity. They command the traffic with an iron first, whilst stopping to chat to school children, parents and passersby. They provide the human touch in the midst of school-run jams. They put even the most aggressive engine revving, light jumping drivers in their place.

Wikipedia tells me that,
Under UK law it is an offence for a motorist not to stop if signalled to do so by a patroller. In the past patrollers only had the authority to stop the traffic for children. However, the Transport Act 2000 changed the law was so that a patroller had the authority to stop the traffic for any pedestrian.

I pass one crossing patrol officer on my way to work, she appears to know everyone. Regardless of rain, shine or snow, she dons a smile along with her hi-vis coat. One of my weekly commutes passes a zebra crossing in Tottenham where the lollipop man salutes me, the only cyclist, every time!

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