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(Daily Mail)   Abbey Road's famous zebra crossing to get traffic control officer. Beatles fans, tourists, say let it be   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 34
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2014-08-10 11:25:30 AM  
It probably looks like this all day long so...

olimpiadas.pop.com.br
 
2014-08-10 12:47:28 PM  
It would really suck to have to drive that road daily.
 
2014-08-10 12:52:33 PM  
Google abbey road live webcam. The hilarity will amuse you for minutes, then bore you to tears
 
2014-08-10 12:56:07 PM  

edmo: It probably looks like this all day long so...

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When I went, it was idiot tourists scurrying rapidly, trying to avoid getting killed. Apparently if it's a "historical" place, it's ok to play in traffic.
 
2014-08-10 01:00:25 PM  
The crossing outside Abbey Road studios is one where pedestrians have an absolute right of way. Traffic has to stop while a pedestrian is on the crossing.

So rip up the zebra crossing and replace it with a traffic light controlled one. Only slightly more inconvient for people who want to cross the road but won't hold up traffic nearly as much.

Problem solved.
 
2014-08-10 01:07:33 PM  

A10Mechanic: Google abbey road live webcam. The hilarity will amuse you for minutes, then bore you to tears


I'm shocked people aren't getting hit by cars.
 
2014-08-10 01:16:47 PM  
I love how British people say "zebra". Instead of saying it "ZEE-brah" like we do, they say "ZEH-brah".
 
2014-08-10 01:20:17 PM  
Aren't all Beatles fans dead or in nursing homes by now?
 
2014-08-10 01:28:27 PM  
elsieisy.com
 
2014-08-10 01:29:53 PM  
Saw a live webcam of the crossing, a bit ridiculous, as all sorts of people, on foot, on bicycles, posing for pictures, were constantly cluttering up the road, and though traffic was light, you could well imagine how annoyed drivers could get.
 
2014-08-10 01:30:50 PM  

edmo: It probably looks like this all day long so...

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I have the strangest Norwegian Wood right now.
 
2014-08-10 01:36:43 PM  

edmo: It probably looks like this all day long so...

[olimpiadas.pop.com.br image 645x428]


Pretty much,

http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing
 
2014-08-10 01:58:57 PM  
They should limit it to pictures of two, unless the other two hold signs that say "Dead Man Walking" or some other hilarious phrase.
 
2014-08-10 02:02:03 PM  

Spidery_2k: edmo: It probably looks like this all day long so...

[olimpiadas.pop.com.br image 645x428]

Pretty much,

http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing


Damn that must be annoying for drivers. People just walking out into the street without any regard for oncoming traffic, and some just stopping in the middle of the street for several minutes to get a picture. There were even people who were just constantly crossing back and forward doing this several times. Idiots.
 
2014-08-10 02:04:22 PM  

A10Mechanic: Google abbey road live webcam. The hilarity will amuse you for minutes, then bore you to tears


I checked out the webcam.  I have never seen so many people deserving to get hit by a car.
 
2014-08-10 02:12:30 PM  
Yea. The beatles suck.
 
2014-08-10 02:13:13 PM  
Wait, "zebra crossing" is actually a term for those sorts of crosswalks?

That line in Hitchhiker's Guide suddenly makes a TON more sense.
 
2014-08-10 02:23:53 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

You have much less of a wait on McLemore Avenue in Memphis, and you get the same result.
 
2014-08-10 03:01:40 PM  

Mugato: Aren't all Beatles fans dead or in nursing homes by now?


Ouch!
 
2014-08-10 03:02:40 PM  

ongbok: Damn that must be annoying for drivers. People just walking out into the street without any regard for oncoming traffic, and some just stopping in the middle of the street for several minutes to get a picture. There were even people who were just constantly crossing back and forward doing this several times. Idiots.


To be fair, the way a zebra crossing works is that you walk into the intersection without any regard to oncoming traffic.  There's no "walk/don't walk" sign, cars drive through until someone enters the crossing, then the cars must stop.

The people are stupid for thinking they're clever, not because they're walking out into the middle of the road.

And frankly, if you're driving through THAT intersection and are at all annoyed that you have to stop for tourists, you should probably have your brain checked.  You already know what's going to happen there.
 
2014-08-10 03:13:13 PM  

Larry Mahnken: ongbok: Damn that must be annoying for drivers. People just walking out into the street without any regard for oncoming traffic, and some just stopping in the middle of the street for several minutes to get a picture. There were even people who were just constantly crossing back and forward doing this several times. Idiots.

To be fair, the way a zebra crossing works is that you walk into the intersection without any regard to oncoming traffic.  There's no "walk/don't walk" sign, cars drive through until someone enters the crossing, then the cars must stop.

The people are stupid for thinking they're clever, not because they're walking out into the middle of the road.

And frankly, if you're driving through THAT intersection and are at all annoyed that you have to stop for tourists, you should probably have your brain checked.  You already know what's going to happen there.


Conversely everywhere else cars have right of way. Walk down Oxford St for example and see lots of tourists just walk across side roads and assume that cars will stop for them.
 
2014-08-10 03:14:28 PM  
Baby, you can drive my car....beep-beep, a-beep-beep, YEAH!
 
2014-08-10 03:36:54 PM  

Flint Ironstag: Larry Mahnken: ongbok: Damn that must be annoying for drivers. People just walking out into the street without any regard for oncoming traffic, and some just stopping in the middle of the street for several minutes to get a picture. There were even people who were just constantly crossing back and forward doing this several times. Idiots.

To be fair, the way a zebra crossing works is that you walk into the intersection without any regard to oncoming traffic.  There's no "walk/don't walk" sign, cars drive through until someone enters the crossing, then the cars must stop.

The people are stupid for thinking they're clever, not because they're walking out into the middle of the road.

And frankly, if you're driving through THAT intersection and are at all annoyed that you have to stop for tourists, you should probably have your brain checked.  You already know what's going to happen there.

Conversely everywhere else cars have right of way. Walk down Oxford St for example and see lots of tourists just walk across side roads and assume that cars will stop for them.


Actually, once a pedestrian steps into the road, they do have right of way.

Highway code rule 170
Take extra care at junctions. You should...

watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way
 
2014-08-10 04:11:49 PM  

Pinko_Commie: Flint Ironstag: Larry Mahnken: ongbok: Damn that must be annoying for drivers. People just walking out into the street without any regard for oncoming traffic, and some just stopping in the middle of the street for several minutes to get a picture. There were even people who were just constantly crossing back and forward doing this several times. Idiots.

To be fair, the way a zebra crossing works is that you walk into the intersection without any regard to oncoming traffic.  There's no "walk/don't walk" sign, cars drive through until someone enters the crossing, then the cars must stop.

The people are stupid for thinking they're clever, not because they're walking out into the middle of the road.

And frankly, if you're driving through THAT intersection and are at all annoyed that you have to stop for tourists, you should probably have your brain checked.  You already know what's going to happen there.

Conversely everywhere else cars have right of way. Walk down Oxford St for example and see lots of tourists just walk across side roads and assume that cars will stop for them.

Actually, once a pedestrian steps into the road, they do have right of way.

Highway code rule 170
Take extra care at junctions. You should...

watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way


The key bit there is if they are crossing a side road that you are turning into from a road. If you are driving up that side road you have the right of way, not them. And this only applies where you have started to cross having checked there are no cars coming. Cars have right of way first. It very specifically says "if they have started to cross", key word "if".

On the other hand unlike places in the US where pedestrians must only cross at specific places and only if the lights are with them in the UK pedestrians can cross more or less anywhere and any time, even if the crossing lights are red, as long as there is a gap in traffic. I got told off by a cop in LA for crossing a road against the lights even though there wasn't a car in sight.
 
2014-08-10 05:20:39 PM  

Cat Food Sandwiches: Mugato: Aren't all Beatles fans dead or in nursing homes by now?

Ouch!


You're breakin' my heart!
 
2014-08-10 05:24:02 PM  
"Traffic control officer"? Subby needs to have his ultra-PC ass beaten.
Besides, you already used one cutesy British term in the headline. Why not go all the way and say "lollipop man"?
 
2014-08-10 05:59:36 PM  

JayCab: Wait, "zebra crossing" is actually a term for those sorts of crosswalks?

That line in Hitchhiker's Guide suddenly makes a TON more sense.


TV Tropes Has pointed out that it lies somewhere between Stealth Pun, Cross-cultural Kerfluffle, and Bilingual Bonus.
 
2014-08-10 06:47:41 PM  

Mugato: Aren't all Beatles fans dead or in nursing homes by now?


Poor baby! Tell us how the dirty hippie bad touched you
 
2014-08-10 08:59:22 PM  

AMonkey'sUncle: edmo: It probably looks like this all day long so...

[olimpiadas.pop.com.br image 645x428]

I have the strangest Norwegian Wood right now.


Those birds aren't flying though.
 
2014-08-10 09:00:38 PM  

Mugato: Aren't all Beatles fans dead or in nursing homes by now?


Y-you do realize there are Beatles fans your age and younger right?
 
2014-08-10 11:37:13 PM  

Spidery_2k: edmo: It probably looks like this all day long so...

[olimpiadas.pop.com.br image 645x428]

Pretty much,

http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing


Came here to post this, glad to see I'm not the only one who thought to do so. Tourists stop traffic on the road on a regular enough basis to where I can see the benefit in having an officer there. Most of the time the camera isn't really that lively, but I've seen one or two instances where a car will try to slowly creep around the posing tourists and I imagine that it could get quite dangerous.
 
2014-08-11 12:32:43 AM  
http://artco.co.nz/abbey-rd.html

the webcam is actually quite amusing, particularly on weekends

and Londoners are quite used to the antics
 
2014-08-11 12:34:48 AM  

Rwa2play: Mugato: Aren't all Beatles fans dead or in nursing homes by now?

Y-you do realize there are Beatles fans your age and younger right?


45th anniversary of the photo 2 days ago

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/the-beatles/11022746/Fans-f lo ck-to-Abbey-Road-on-45th-anniversary-of-Beatles-album-cover.html
 
2014-08-11 04:22:02 AM  

Walker: I love how British people say "zebra". Instead of saying it "ZEE-brah" like we do, they say "ZEH-brah".


Zed's dead, baby.
 
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