Adore Pedestrians

Adore Pedestrians

I love instructions for simple activities like crossing the street. They convey an image of the world as a helpful place. They say: no matter how small your concern, there’s guidance if you look for it.

The signs at Toronto crosswalks are often hard to read, unfortunately. They’re frequently encrusted with grime or barnacled with stickers or messed up in one way or another.

In this case, there’s a positive message that shines through, a command to “adore pedestrians”. And what pedestrian doesn’t need a little love while walking beneath the Gardiner Expressway?

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2 Responses to “Adore Pedestrians”

  1. Corinna Says:

    I never saw “guidance” like this at any traffic light in the Netherlands! I did not notice them when I was in Toronto. Are they at every light or is this an especially “difficult” crossing?
    Does this say anything about differences in Canadian and Dutch culture?
    Corinna

  2. torontotype Says:

    Hi Corinna!

    Thanks for your comment! I believe most street crossings in Toronto that have buttons for pedestrians to press also have signs like this. I’m not sure how widespread they are in Canada.

    Maybe we are less trustful than the Dutch that people will know how to behave at intersections. If that’s the case, I wonder why.

    Thanks again!

    Corneil

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