Local residents in the De Wijert neighbourhood have said that they would like to create a “Silly Walk” zebra crossing in their area, and the municipality is said to be positive about the idea.
Local resident Dennis Broekema, who came up with the idea, told OOG TV, “I like funny and creative initiatives, and I recently saw a silly walks zebra crossing open in Spijkenisse, and the idea has also worked in Sweden. So I thought, why can’t we have something like that?”
The basic idea comes from the classic British comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, with its “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch from 1970.
“The intention is that just like the sketch, you cross the zebra crossing with a bizarre walk”, says Broeksma. Those who support the idea locally suggest that the crossing should go on the corner of the Queridolaan, and the Bordewijklaan. “That seems to use to be the best place, but if people in the neighbourhood have a better idea, then they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org”, added Broeksma.
The town of Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, opened its silly walk zebra crossing in October 2018, as a way to draw attention to road safety, and entertain residents. Who knows: if the idea really takes off, maybe a fish dance festival will be next.
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