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I’m a pedestrian: I’ll be your dog

John Dales
25 May 2012
“It’s only a bit of water, and my socks will soon dry. Mustn’t grumble.”
“It’s only a bit of water, and my socks will soon dry. Mustn’t grumble.”
This sign should be taken as advice to pedestrians, not just a warning to motorists
This sign should be taken as advice to pedestrians, not just a warning to motorists
The indignity of the simple act of crossing the street: you can also hear the moos and baas
The indignity of the simple act of crossing the street: you can also hear the moos and baas
 

This month's title references a 1980s advert for Kia Ora, a brand of ready-made squash that seemed to be the only drink you could buy at cinemas when I was growing up. The reason I quote the advert’s catch-phrase, ‘I’ll be your dog”, is that it was used to convey the impression that, to obtain a carton of the specified elixir, it would be worth submitting to almost any indignity. And since submitting to almost any indignity seems to me to be what most of us walking in...

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John Dales

John Dales

John Dales MSC BSC MCIHT CMILT Director, Urban Mov

John is a traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer with 29 years’ professional experience that spans from strategic transport planning to concept design. Well known as a champion of better town and city streets, he was Director being responsible for Urban Initiatives’ Movement + Streets portfolio before founding Urban Movement. John is an urban realm design advisor to several UK local authorities, including the City of Edinburgh, the London Borough of Ealing and Southend Borough Council, as well as a Design Review Panellist for Transport for London and Urban Design London.

He is a Trustee of Living Streets, was a contributing author to Manual for Streets 2, and is a former Board member of the Transport Planning Society. He’s an experienced trainer of other transport practitioners, a regular conference speaker and chair, and has been author of a monthly article in Local Transport Today on ‘Transport in Urban Design’ since 2005.

 

j.dales@urbanmovement.co.uk
+44 (0)7768 377 150
www.johndales.com

 

 
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