Stop signs can solve the world’s problems. I realise that might sound like a bit of an overstatement, but hear me out. In this hectic world, we all need a moment to breathe here and there, and pausing in traffic is an ideal opportunity to seize just that. So, yes, stop signs are what you make them, and they can certainly be made into something positive.
Given the current level of interest in health and wellbeing, it’s really only a matter of time until the collective mind catches on. Soon enough, we’ll be hearing about stop sign therapy, where you sit in temperature-controlled pods in front of a stop sign emitting infrared light. You’ll see people with little stop sign badges and banners outside their homes emblazoned with the same.
With input from a leading traffic engineer or consultant, Melbourne will change the colour if its actual stop signs, so popular are the insignia appearing on every available wall, post or street corner. The town planners know that, if they don’t implement this drastic measure, they’ll inevitably face a situation in which traffic is perpetually ground to a halt. In time, despite these measures, drivers will be so exposed to stop signs that they’ll get out of their vehicles one by one, abandon them on the road while and walk away peacefully forever.
On some level, it could be mayhem. Perhaps a traffic impact assessment report is in order before I take it upon myself to spread the word on the therapeutic benefits of stop signs. Then again, people deserve to reap the benefits of mindful stopping, and who am I to stand in the way of that? I don’t want to get too preachy on the subject, but I do honestly feel that it’s my purpose in life to help people understand that we have collectively been given a sign.