Here they are referred to as Pensioners. As a “pensioner” myself, I couldn’t believe it when I drove by this sign for the first time:
The Official DVSA Guide to Driving states, “Be patient around pensioners. They may take longer to cross the road. Don’t try to hurry them by revving your engine, honking or edging forwards…”
And it seems that my reaction is not an isolated one. An article in the Telegraph from a year ago by Saffron Alexander, states, “Since their introduction in 1981, the “elderly crossing” signs beside roads throughout the UK have been a source of controversy.
The sign, depicting two people hunched over as they attempt to cross the road, was the winning entry in a children’s contest almost 35 years ago and has been criticised for implying all elderly people need mobility aids or are disabled.
Critics have argued that the signs are unnecessary, and that those who listen to music or text as they walk are greater hazards than elderly people.
A new contest has produced some very entertaining alternatives. My favorite is the one by Oliviero Toscani. These dudes would certainly be in the pensioner age group by now!