Sep 8, 2009

Department of Muddled Thinkery

(Toledo, OH) Pictured on your left is the intersection of Alexis Road and Hagman on the north side of Toledo. The cloudy skies and my wife's higher rate of speed combined to produce a less-than-ideal image, but I think you can make out the "NO PED XING" sign.

You should also be able to discern the white pedestrian walkway lines that delineate the space through which pedestrians should travel. It stands to reason, then, that if the city does not want pedestrians crossing at this intersection, why would they bother to paint pedestrian crossing lines?

There may be some hidden logic here, but it escapes me. The white pavement paint in the area appears to be fairly recent in its application, and the sign does not appear to be especially new, either. At some point one would think that either the sign-hangers and/or road-painters would have scratched their heads and wondered about the absurdity of the situation.

Feel free to offer interpretations of the incongruities in the Comments section.


Middle Aged Woman said...

Maybe it means No Pedophile Crossing? No Pediatrician Crossing?

Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...


Well, notice the single pedestrian signal above the sign?

That is a marked and signalized crosswalk.

However, notice the lack of a signal (or lines) between you and the sign?

That crossing is prohibited while the one in the picture going to the left is allowed.

As for the logic/reason for this, I have no clue. . .

Mad Jack said...

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

Randy said...

Perhaps the road painters were trying to use up some extra paint.

Anonymous said...

I am shocked and chagrined to read these sarcastic and whimsical comments since the purpose of the sign and lines are perfectly clear. They were designed to assist visually-impaired chickens to avoid crossing the road. Those that insist on the travel option, or are illiterate, have been provided with pedestrian safety lines.

Now that this is settled, let us ponder which came first...the bureaucrat or the politician?

Hoarder's Den said...

Traffic rules and signs are a bit different in Australia, so my interpretation may be too simplistic? I would have thought that the white paint delineates the last chance for pedestrians to legally cross... after the signpost, no more pedestrian crossings are provided?

Anonymous said...

By George, he may be from Down Under but he ain't whistling Dixie...give that man the brass ring and strike up Waltzing Matilda...he's right as rain.

Does he win a all expense paid trip to the wilds of Toledo?