While not quite as deeply disturbing
as some of the Mr. Ped
phenomena listed above, two pedestrian crossing caution
signs I have seen struck me as troublesome
The American pedestrian crossing signs show a happy, somewhat relaxed stick figure walking, sometimes accompanied by a small, normal enough child stick figure. The European versions show adult and child stick figures, a bit more upright, calmly walking on a crosswalk.
The signs show a mother and child dashing frantically across the street. Their hair is flying, the mother's arm placed fearfully across the child's back.
Along the freeway just north of San Diego, California, are somewhat similar, yet less frantic, signs. A whole family scurries from the beach across the freeway, stooping fearfully and dodging traffic.