Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006:
Beware the walkways of Helsingborg

What I think:

Ever since I moved here I've admired the quaintness of the many cobblestoned roads, and the wide variety of different kinds of pavements (US/CAN: sidewalks). It all adds a very cozy feeling to this fine old city, and complements the architecture, both old and new, in such a pleasant way. It's just so much nicer than the usual uneven paving stones that we all trip over on the way home from the pub in Britain, or the dull, never-ending, greyish-white lengths of cement we have in many parts of North America. It's nice.

For the most part, that is.

There is one type of walkway that I really hate here, mainly in winter (or wet weather). They have these tiles, for want of a better word, that don't seem at all suitable for walking on outdoors. They look like they belong on the floors (or even walls) of posh Greek restaurants, with chubby bazouki players called Stavros Oesophagusopoulous. Or maybe in McDonald's restaurants. (Have a quick scroll down to have a look.)

My point is that they can be very dangerous. These tiles seem to be made of almost totally non-porous ceramic (they're probably not, but they seem like it), and they get very slippery in icy or even wet conditions.

You know how those pimply blokes with the mops at McDonald's plant those big "Warning: Slippery When Wet" signs on the floor as they're getting into doing their thing? Well, they should have those here as well (the signs, not the pimply blokes; there are plenty of those to go around, thank-you-very-much).

Sweden could save a fortune on hip-replacement surgery on those poor tumbling old dears if they would just choose the material they use for the pavements a bit more carefully.

It's time that the Swedish government did something about it. That's what I think.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Lars Nilsson said...

That´s bloody true! It´s deffenitely time the swedish Goverenement did somthing about that!

10:13 am  

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