New York City’s began installing small, colorful signs with poetic safety messages at high collision rate locations to remind walkers and cyclists to watch for hazardous death monsters.
The signs feature either a haiku – a Japanese inspired poem with 17 syllables on three lines of text — or a QR code so you can read the haiku on your mobile device.
The various haiku in both English and Spanish remind:
- cyclists to watch for walkers in the bike lane and on crosswalks
- cyclists to watch for opening car doors
- pedestrians that drivers often encroach into pedestrian zones
- pedestrians to watch for traffic
More –> NY Daily News: Transportation chief Janette Sadik-Khan says city will use haiku to boost street safety. Via Grist (which was written almost entirely has a series of haiku!) and Bike Milton.