City staff will be shown how to cross a road in a bizarre attempt to combat pedestrian accidents in Brisbane.
Like school-age children, the 7,500 employees of the Brisbane City Council will be educated on road safety, including where it is the safest place to cross and the use of a mobile phone, under a tax-funded test program.
Managers will be required to model the desired behavior, according to the interim report, pedestrian safety.
But the opposition councilors and users of social networks have criticized the initiative, describing the training as "ridiculous".
The City of Brisbane is developing a program that will encourage its staff not to use their cell phones while crossing the street
Users of social networks have also sided with the opposition, and some people have described the initiative as "embarrassing".
"Next week we learn how to make breakfast and brush our teeth, Jesus, the human race is stupid in a big way," said one person.
& # 39; Do they also need toilet training? & # 39; another person asked.
Users of social networks rushed to ruin the council's plan. Many said it was a waste of money to teach the council staff how to cross a road
The 2GB radio presenter, Alan Jones, told Sunrise that crossing the street is something people are taught when they are four or five years old, not as adults.
"If you get to that stage of your life without knowing how to cross the street, you're in big trouble."
Transportation opposition spokesman Jared Cassidy said there are better ways to solve the security problem than the "nanny status" approach.
"We think it's a bit ridiculous, you lose the sense of the whole thing," he said.
& # 39; What's next? Holding hands while crossing the roads? & # 39;
Part of the debate was that people were not paying attention when crossing roads, he said.
"But I really do not buy that," he said.
"The main problem is that we have a CBD where pedestrians are not given priority, vehicles are given more priority."
He would like to see a lower speed limit tested in the CBD.
BCC infrastructure president Amanda Cooper said the council was dedicated to improving safety and was developing a campaign to promote positive pedestrian behavior, The Courier Mail reported.
The program, which is still under development, will be available to other employers and schools.
In July, a pedestrian was hit at the corner of Creek and Adelaide streets in Brisbane. It was the same area where a woman was killed after a bus hit her in May
There will also be a "coordinated approach to behavioral change and application" developed with the police as part of a broader citizen security campaign.
The strategy comes after a series of tragic incidents involving pedestrians.
In July, a pedestrian was struck at the corner of Creek and Adelaide streets.
In May, a woman was killed after being hit by a bus in the same corner, ABC reported.
Royal Automobile Club of Queensland spokesman Paul Turner said there has been an increase in incidents with pedestrians and vehicles in the CBD.
"All of us, and we are all pedestrians at some point, have to take responsibility for our actions," he said.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced new and improved pedestrian crossings for the Brisbane CBD, as well as a reduced speed limit on Ann Street, in response to the interim report on the Pedestrian Safety Review of the Brisbane City Council.