Company Service Pick Up Point
By Gliadine May
In one of the previous companies I worked with, it was part on the contract that I have to be picked and dropped close to the area where I live. In a fast-paced city with so many vehicles along the road during peak hours, the Operations Department would want all employees using the company service to reach the office at least 5 minutes before 8AM. In order to do that, they have to strategically designate a pick up and drop off point for each employee in the most efficient route.In order for the driver to reach me, he has to deviate from the main road route by taking a right and left turns, U-turn and two right turns to get back to the main road to pick the next employee. That is almost 10,825 feet (approx 3.29 kilometers). One day, the Operations Supervisor called me to discuss a proposal to shorten the driver's route to cut a few minutes of travel time to the office. I was eager to hear the alternative so I went immediately to see him. His proposal was for me to get to the other side of the road so that the driver doesn't have to make a U-turn anymore. I said I will think about his proposal and let him know of my thoughts. His idea might sound great but when I looked through Google Earth after the discussion, I noticed that there was no pedestrian crossing within the 3,200 feet (approx 0.975 kilometer) stretch of the road with 3 lanes on each direction totaling to 6 lanes. I mentioned to him that there is no pedestrian crossing for me go directly across the street. The only option is to use the pedestrian crossings situated on each side of the block which will take me about 3,011 feet (approx 0.92 kilometer) to walk. Might be a good morning exercise but walking in heeled shoes, all dressed up, under the intense heat of the sun by average 37 degrees Celsius at 7AM was not a great way to do it. He went on and suggested that it is okay to directly cross the street even without the pedestrian crossing. I answered him, "I will have to discuss your proposal with the HSE Manager. If he approves that I can cross the street without the pedestrian crossing and chasing my way across the 6 lane busy road, I will." He then finally said, "Alright, we will pick you up at the same stop."