Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Talking Cross-Walk System

As every New Yorker knows, we jay-walk, early and often. Yesterday, minding my own business and lost in thought I stood at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 23rd Street.  As I set my foot off the curb onto the street to cross - no car was coming and the color of the light was irrelevant - I hear an electronic, male voice "don't walk".  What? Are you talking to me? I waved my hand back and forth at the system (see picture above) and each time I crossed the sensor it would tell me not to walk.  It made me laugh. 

As I crossed the street I heard the voice give a longer sermon - I'll have to go back and listen to the reasoning as to why I shouldn't cross against the light.  Maybe they'll make a decent point other than a potential ticket.

1 comment:

  1. Oh NO. I haven't heard this yet. Wonder if they're being manufactured by that (criminal in Congress) responsible for the talking car alarms: "PLEASE! Step away from my car!"