Rob Abrazado (flatvurm) wrote,
Rob Abrazado

It opened up my mind

I kept meaning to get around to posting this, but it kept slipping my mind. Anyway...I was out on one of my usual errand-walks a few weeks ago, and I saw an awesome new street sign. Now...I don't know if this is much of a thing in New York where there aren't that many train tracks embedded in the city streets, but for those who don't know, it's a big deal that you not ride your bike across tracks if you're running anything close to parallel to them. (It's for sure a big deal in San Francisco; in fact I remember that my boy Ike learned this lesson quite well after his broken arm.) The reason is that your wheel can jam in between the rails and the asphalt and just flip you (flip you fo' real). I've seen variation on this sign along the bike trail that leads to Vally Forge from Philly because the commuter rail intersects with the bike path here and there, and they put up some warning signs for it. Prior to a few weeks ago, though, I hadn't seen any such signs in Philly proper; it's just something you have to know and watch out for. I was pleased to have been walking down the street and seen this ornate piece of street sign artwork (click to embiggen):

[cool sign]

I just enjoy the attention to detail employed with outlining the proper path for you to take to navigate both the tracks and the intersection you're about to pass through. It's just funny to see the sign and try to digest it when you're blowing through the intersection at speed. :) Anyway...kudos, Philly; I appreciate the effort.
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