Talking Cross-Walk System

IMG-20120417-00257-790551As every New Yorker knows, we jay-walk, early and often. Yesterday, minding my own business and lost in thought I stood at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 23rd Street.  As I set my foot off the curb onto the street to cross – no car was coming and the color of the light was irrelevant – I hear an electronic, male voice “don’t walk”.  What? Are you talking to me? I waved my hand back and forth at the system (see picture above) and each time I crossed the sensor it would tell me not to walk.  It made me laugh.

As I crossed the street I heard the voice give a longer sermon – I’ll have to go back and listen to the reasoning as to why I shouldn’t cross against the light.  Maybe they’ll make a decent point other than a potential ticket.