I’ve been so busy this week that I’ve not had a chance to try out any of my new products so I thought I’d tell you a quick panda-ish fact – seeing as I am the panda after all (that’s what @woshixiongmao means).
Zebras, pandas and pelicans. No, I’m not talking about a trip to the zoo. On this day in 1961, it was announced that zebra crossings would be replaced by panda crossings, the first iteration of the system we take for granted now when crossing the street. In a bid for road safety, the Transport Minister, Ernest Maples, announced the initiative hoping that the new system would address some of the dangers the ‘uncertainties of the present system’ caused. The scheme was launched in April 1962, confusing London’s pedestrians and motorists alike with its monochrome triangles and flashing lights, leading to the scheme being abandoned shortly after. In 1969, the pelican system was launched, with the puffin flying on to our streets in the 1990s. The rest is history.