June 22, 2016 - 6:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - Would you cross the road if you had to do a silly walk?
City Coun. Arjun Singh wants the city to look at creating a 'silly crosswalk'. He brought the idea up in council yesterday, June 21, after a resident sent him a message about a crosswalk in Ottawa where people cross in funny ways.
“I’m suggesting that we look into having a crosswalk for people to walk silly,” he says. “Folks would be encouraged to do their own versions or other versions of silly walks.”
The idea is inspired by a skit from Monty Python, a British comedy troupe. The Ottawa Citizen reported Ottawa's version of a silly crosswalk was started in August 2014.
“I think we need a bit of levity, a bit of lightness from time to time,” Singh says. “It sort of speaks to the notion of community getting together and having some fun together.”
While he doesn’t have a crosswalk picked out, he says a sign would be posted, encouraging people to walk across the road in a silly way.
“We can have a little webcam up there,” he says. “People can say ‘Hi’ to their friends all over the world.”
City development director Marvin Kwiatkowski says the idea is worth a look.
“It’s kind of a fun thing,” he says. “We’ll see what kind of feedback we get.”
The city will discuss the project with the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association because it’s likely a silly crosswalk will provide promotional opportunities for the downtown.
Singh also sees the crosswalk as something for tourists in the city.
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