Here’s a man who loves his job. He’s painting the white lines on the road and waving to the camera with a big smile. The lovely Richie sent me this photo last week from Morzine, a few days after I had seen a similar contraption on the road in La Clusaz.
France provides serious safety measures when road works are going on. Some readers may have seen the lovely mechanical mannequin waving his arms up and down on the 130km-per-hour highways in an effort to slow traffic down before roadworks. On the tiniest of back roads, these safety measures are followed, with temporary traffic lights and bits of the road cordoned off.
However, this isn’t roadwork in the same sense. The road is intact. This seems to mean no road safety measures are required.
Crawling up the middle of the road and in the way of both oncoming traffic and cars and trucks behind him too, the driver has nothing but an orange flashing light to alert people of his special presence. At least he doesn’t have to concentrate on painting the road as well (there’s a man in a reflective yellow vest in the: I can’t help feeling they should switch clothing).
Judging by the state of the road, this is not a road that the Tour de France has been through recently. I doubt any cyclists are on that road today, as the snow is dumping here in the French Alps. Just two weeks ago, I was in summer dresses and sandal. I’m guessing that man isn’t smiling as much today if he’s outside working.