New York City Protects Cyclists, Pedestrians With Obtuse Curbside Haiku

Artistic Public Service Announcement (Photo via DOT)

Today, New York City’s Department of Transportation unveiled 12 nifty new signs to be placed at over 200 locations in the NYC, including some of the city’s high-crash locations. But are they more disorienting than helpful?

Curbside Haiku, created by artist John Morse, are designed to warn pedestrians and bikers that they are entering a danger zone. But the pairing of the arresting imagery and the cryptic messages seems like they might produce a counter-effect of distracting those walkers/writers who should be paying attention. Click through the images and tell us what you think…would you understand at a glance what these signs are trying to say?


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