Crossing Guard training in Hoboken

Is it really necessary to train a crossing guard?

The city was out on 5th Street with a gaggle of yellow-jacketed “crossing guards” in training this spring.

First thought that came to mind was – is it really necessary to “train” someone to perform the task of directing traffic for pedestrians on what amount to “easy” roads?

I can imagine a little training is necessary for someone, say, to manage traffic near the Holland Tunnel or large event. But a side street in a mile square city?

Wouldn’t the training achieve the same outcome if they just gave these guys a pamphlet with a few bullet points?

At worst, if they have trouble reading – a 3 minute YouTube video would also do the trick, wouldn’t it?

(If anyone could have used training – it’d be the person who sits in that corner office at city hall…)

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5 months 13 days ago

Yes, it is very necessary. The crossing guards especially on Willow aren’t good. They don’t pay attention and slow down the bus route and traffic. This morning a cop jumped in on 9th & Willow and the traffic was moving great. I wish that would happen more often.