Walking and the pedestrian environment
January 31, 2007
Pedestrian Signs (Tokyo)

A small assortment of signs directed at walkers.

I've got pedestrian-related signs all over my site. If you want to see more, start exploring! Here's an unthemed collection from Tokyo.

Narrow Road, No CarsAt the entrance to a narrow shopping street, this sign says "No cars allowed, road narrows". In reality, in the morning you'll find delivery trucks and maybe a garbage truck.

No Cars Next 40 MetersText just says "Next 40m". This is at the start of a very narrow road, too narrow for cars. Pay attention to the icon part of the sign.

No CarsUp around a corner on another street is this sign, this time with no text. This street is also narrow, and the message intended is that bicycles and peds are okay, but no motorized vehicles.

Bikes Okay HereOn the sidewalk of a major highway, here is the same icon. Below it is written "bicycles okay". Legally, bicycles are forbidden on sidewalks in Tokyo that don't have this sign. In reality, if there's a sidewalk, generally that's where the bicycles are. At any rate, this time the icon means that bicycles are okay in addition to pedestrians. No message is intended about motorized vehicles.

Elderly and Audible SignalOver a rare pedestrian button, this sign says "For Elderly Use, For Hearing-Impaired Use: Push Button". The message is probably directed mostly at the average walker. There used to be more push buttons in Tokyo, and this is letting folks know not to push it unless they really need to. There are other buttons that indicate night time use, regular use, etc.

Look Both WaysApplied to the concrete is this sign with a cute penguin family that says "STOP: Look Left, Look Right".

Escalator this-a-wayThis sign is odd. It says "<-- ESCALATOR". For some reason the shrine assumes everyone is going up the hill. It's also a real pain in the butt to actually get to the bottom of the escalator, since the control facilities are located just to the left here. It's also just bad landscape design if you need to put THAT big of a sign up to tell people how to navigate your environment.

Posted by Rob Ketcherside at January 31, 2007 5:00 AM
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