How did the chicken cross the road?Posted: August 10, 2011
While reading an open newspaper, according to my host for lunch a couple of weeks ago. Apparently this is the most efficient way for a pedestrian to cross a street in Boston, where signs are few and confusing and drivers aren’t fond of traffic laws. (Sound like any other city we know?) An open paper is a big gray signal to the driver that you have no idea she’s there, and if she doesn’t want to run you over, she has to stop. It’s not unlike ripping out your steering wheel and waving it out the window in a game of Chicken.
The city of Philadelphia is aware of this, of course, and the Philly police are cracking down on pedestrians who text and walk. Clearly a cell phone is just not a visible enough signal.
Disclaimer: Play at your own risk, and look both ways. We do not endorse breaking traffic laws.