Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Would you jump off a bridge if we told you it was OK?

Up here in Idaho we are downright ornery about having government tell us what not to do. In February I asked Does your organization give off a negative vibe? and used this example of a sign on the the Eight Street Pedestrian Bridge over the Boise River. The city has been trying to let young people have summer fun while avoiding unsafe behavior by troublemakers. Earlier this month the City Council voted on some revisions, so the sign got changed.

The new sign doesn’t forbid six things like the old one did. It’s now much less negative. You have to read it all before finding that it’s OK to jump though. (Still, there’s that nagging voice in your head of your mother - telling you that you shouldn’t just because everybody else now is doing it).

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