Friday, February 15, 2008

Crosswalk signals

are so not PC. "Walk" and "Don't Walk" needs
to be changed to something like "Cross" and
"Don't Cross".

I get so confused when I'm trying to cross a
street at a crosswalk. When it says "Don't Walk"
I feel like that is when I should be crossing but
there's all these cars in my way. Then it turns
to "Walk" and the cars clear a path, but I can't
walk, so what am I supposed to do?

I think I'm going to start some sort of campaign
to change the wording of crosswalks. The way
it is now is just plain wrong. It's yet another
example of the discrimination us wheelers face.

Some alternative word possibilites include:

Stay/Go

Halt/Proceed

Pause/Boogie

Stay right there/Hurry Up

Suspend Movement/Move Freely

I think I like "Stay" and "Go" best because then
dogs will easily understand what to do as well.
I'm open to suggestions though, so let me know
if you can think of any good ones.

4 comments:

Dave R said...

Funny. Around here they got rid of the words but added a timer. As soon as you get into the street the timer starts counting to tell you how long it'll be until you get run over assuming a driver doesn't blow through on red.

Dave

Wheelchair Revolution/These Things Make Me Happy said...

Well that's a good idea. Except for people who don't know numbers. Discrimination against people who don't know numbers... it's a terrible thing.

Silly me, now that I think about it, different words from "Walk" and "Don't Walk" wouldn't do much good because there are people who cannot read. They might think "Stay" and "Go" mean "Sing" and "Dance". Think of the chaos that would ensue.

There is no easy answer.

phmooney said...

Of your suggestions, I like "Boogie/Pause" but what about having AB's form a screen on either side of those of us in wheelchairs so that if anyone runs a red light, AB's will be hit while we get to safety. Lord knows there's more than enough of them.:)

Wheelchair Revolution/These Things Make Me Happy said...

Hey now, there's another good idea. Kind of like human airbags.

I'm sure we could round up many AB's to volunteer to do this for us.