Why Did the Jordanian Cross the Road?

السبت 07 آذار 2009

Death Wish

Photo by Nadine Toukan

Why did the Jordanian cross the street?

Two seconds before I clicked the pic, this sensible citizen was perched on the railing about to get off on the other side, where he landed elegantly on a flushed edge, and as you can see unhooked his bag and crossed the street….to get to the other side, of course!

A few meters behind him down the street – busy Mecca Street/Amman, across from the Social Security building right there in the back, is a pedestrian bridge. A few meters down that, is yet another pedestrian bridge!

So… how does the city develop to include kamikaze-idiots-with-their-common-sense-gene-mutated, and everyone else?

  • Madas

    I don’t get the picture, can someone explain?

  • Madas

    I don’t get the picture, can someone explain?

  • He crossed the road to… get to the other side.

  • He crossed the road to… get to the other side.

  • well if there are availbale crossing possibilities, this guy won’t be forced to cross from there!

  • well if there are availbale crossing possibilities, this guy won’t be forced to cross from there!

  • Oh there are Mariam. On this part of Mecca Street and just 30 meters behind him right across that building in the back (Social Security) is a pedestrian bridge. A few meters further down from that ped bridge is yet another bright red one right by Xpress.

    This street is busy and a nightmare to cross if not using the ped bridges. The railing was put in recently. The side he crossed down to has no ledge to stand on safely, the railing is almost flushed with the pavement down to the street. A side mirror of a car driving down can swipe against him. And crossing that street this way will cause cars to stop suddenly, leading to an accident or pile up.

    The situation above is a horror show waiting to happen.

    I think railings need to be impossible to climb – like a flat high wall or something, combating stupidity and designed to go head on with a stubborn culture till it changes. We can get real creative with massive murals and messaging, art and a death defying campaign.

  • Oh there are Mariam. On this part of Mecca Street and just 30 meters behind him right across that building in the back (Social Security) is a pedestrian bridge. A few meters further down from that ped bridge is yet another bright red one right by Xpress.

    This street is busy and a nightmare to cross if not using the ped bridges. The railing was put in recently. The side he crossed down to has no ledge to stand on safely, the railing is almost flushed with the pavement down to the street. A side mirror of a car driving down can swipe against him. And crossing that street this way will cause cars to stop suddenly, leading to an accident or pile up.

    The situation above is a horror show waiting to happen.

    I think railings need to be impossible to climb – like a flat high wall or something, combating stupidity and designed to go head on with a stubborn culture till it changes. We can get real creative with massive murals and messaging, art and a death defying campaign.

  • 🙂 i am not sure what to say! but yeah… now i see what is going on.

  • 🙂 i am not sure what to say! but yeah… now i see what is going on.

  • The worst is when friday prayers are over and people on abdullah gosheh street start jolting across like mad. they even take baby steps so that if you’re coming out from under the 7th circle and in the left lane, you have to move to the right and hit the car next to you just to avoid them. and they do this all right underneath the crossing bridge for pedestrians.

  • The worst is when friday prayers are over and people on abdullah gosheh street start jolting across like mad. they even take baby steps so that if you’re coming out from under the 7th circle and in the left lane, you have to move to the right and hit the car next to you just to avoid them. and they do this all right underneath the crossing bridge for pedestrians.

  • Some people are just…suicidal!

  • Some people are just…suicidal!