Most street signs are pretty dull.
In fact, the most creative entries you’ll find dotting Canada’s seemingly never-ending roadways include “Stop,” “No left turn” and our personal favourite, “Road slippery when wet.” Luckily, a city in northern California is upping its comedic ante on the streets. In a bid to improve road safety, city workers in Hayward installed a series of offbeat traffic signs that combine common sense and humour to convey proper driving or pedestrian practices. The true beauty of these signs, however, is how real they are with people.
“Heads up! Cross the street,” one begins. “Then update Facebook.”
It might seem like a silly message, but “wexting” (walking while texting) is really becoming a rampant problem these days:
This dude crossed the street without looking, I never seen such savagery
— Ethan Nguyen (@Chief_Eef) February 11, 2015
The signs were installed in January, along a boulevard known for speeders who zip down from a nearby hill. Those speeders, of course, even had a sign tailored just for them:
When you think about it, this idea would go a long way on Canada’s massive network of roadways. In such a large country, it sure would be nice to encounter a touch of comic relief here and there while driving through. Besides, the most exciting thing that happened to our street signs in a long time, was this:
— haligonia: photos (@haligoniaphotos) February 10, 2015
Safe to say, we like California’s idea better.