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Convenient Pelican Crossing

For when your hands are full of shopping
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Today I was walking home with a load of shopping. I got to the pedestrian crossing, but had a right old time trying to free up a finger to press the button.

Things would have been much easier if there was a small slot at the bottom of the pole where I could slide my foot under, and activate the pedestrian crossing with the top of my shoe.

spiritualized, Oct 27 2004

(??) Pelican, Puffin and Toucan crossings http://www.cheshire...z/a-z/P/pelican.htm
An explanation of the names... [prufrax, Oct 31 2004]

Wikipedia: Pelican crossing http://en.wikipedia...ki/Pelican_crossing
From PEdestrian Light CONtrolled, apparently. [jutta, May 22 2006]

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       (+) Sounds good to me. Would these foot buttons also do absolutely nothing to speed up the walk signal, like the current finger buttons do(n't)?   

       And I think you may want to try the illustration again... when I looked at it there was a pretty blurry section that appeared to be a close-up, but was too distorted to make out.
luecke, Oct 27 2004
  

       Edit: Try it now. It may look a little more like a mouse hole than anything but it does the job.   

       I also deemed the name 'Foot Activated Pelican Crossing' too boring.
spiritualized, Oct 27 2004
  

       couldn't we just have a narrow beam of IR which detects presence, darth style ? (you have to wait for like 5 seconds for it to register, to prevent it triggering for passers by).
neilp, Oct 28 2004
  

       How about "The Stomp Crossing" [spiritualized]?
DocBrown, Oct 28 2004
  

       "The Stomp Crossing" would make a brilliant name for a band!
spiritualized, Oct 28 2004
  

       What's up with your language? Do all the pedestrian crossing concepts have to be related to animal names??   

       I like! [+]
Pericles, Oct 28 2004
  

       Peri: You've got a point. I understand why the zebra crossing is called what it's called, by the pelican crossing has always confused me. Why would a pelican need to cross the road when it's got wings?
spiritualized, Oct 28 2004
  

       To get to the other side?
Machiavelli, Oct 28 2004
  

       So, what do you get when you cross a pelican with a zebra?
RayfordSteele, Oct 31 2004
  

       Some of the Pelican crossings around here have very large buttons that you can activate with the nearest convenient butt, hip or elbow.
DrCurry, Oct 31 2004
  
      
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