Informative Traffic Haikus

They tried red lights, stop signs and crossing guards; nothing worked. Now the city of New York is bringing out the heavy artillery: traffic haikus. {npr}.

In a particularly colorful excerpt from the interview, artist John Morse gets worked up about the power of the project:

It’s fun because it’s dreadfully serious — the subject… And yet, you don’t have to bang people over the head.

Or do you?

And here’s a visual sample:

© John Morse/NYC DOT

New New York bike lane hate

This one must be a farce. My favorite excerpt—and let me stress—it was really, really hard to pick:

The bicycle is a parody of a wheeled vehicle—a donkey cart without the cart, where you do the work of the donkey. Although the technology necessary to build a bicycle has been around since ancient Egypt, bikes didn’t appear until the 19th century. The reason it took mankind 5,000 years to get the idea for the bicycle is that it was a bad idea. The bicycle is the only method of conveyance worse than feet. You can walk up three flights of stairs carrying one end of a sofa. Try that on a bicycle.

“Dear Urban Cyclists: Go Play in Traffic” {wall street journal}. Also available at this link if you get a subscription prompt.

Related New York bike lane hate from this blog, March 2011.