First of all this piece is not designed to criticise the fine service lollipop people provide. Their noble efforts to further the cause for road safety armed with nothing more than a yellow jacket, a large lollipop and cunning methods of stepping into the path of oncoming traffic should be commended. I simply want to draw people’s attention to the lengths a couple of East Kilbride lollipop people have gone to near my home, in an effort to protect an underpass from overuse.
We have a local school that has a bus stop about 100 yards from it on the opposite side of a busy road. In order for the students to get safely from the bus stop to the school, there are two lollipop people in attendance each morning and evening. The reason there are two lollipop people attending is that the road has one lane going one way and two lanes coming the other way and is therefore too wide for a single lollipop person to deal with. Now this may all seem to be straightforward and possibly not worthy of a write up. However, if it was not for these lollipop people putting their lives on the line then the students they help across the road would have to not only walk about the same distance to the school entrance but would have to actually pass through an underpass in order to cross the main road safely.
I am planning to contact the local council in the future, to enquire if these lollipop people could be recognised in some way for their valiant efforts in protecting the underpass from being overused.