Sun | Oct 24, 2021

Pedestrian crossing a Russian roulette

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 12:11 AM


One day this week, at about 3:00 p.m., I had to negotiate the pedestrian crossing between Calabar High School and Calabar Mews on the Red Hills Road, St Andrew, twice. The outward journey was fairly unremarkable.

An hour later, I approached the east of the pedestrian crossing, intending to go to the west. I then entered the facility, while observing a taxi coming from the south on the western side, some distance away. The driver beckoned me to hurry, while gradually slowing down. However, I continued at a reasonable pace.

Soon, another taxi overtook the first, aiming for the space behind me, east of the pedestrian crossing. In response, the first taxi sped up, even as I hastily exited the crossing.

This is the kind of Russian roulette one has to play to negotiate that ‘safety’ facility – an oxymoron, indeed.