I noticed it within a few hours of getting to New York. Actually, my sister (who is also a Walker) noticed it first. As we crossed the street, we looked up at another walker, who was, frankly, not looking so bright. “It’s like he’s wearing a little sash,” she observed. We laughed at our pedestrian humor, as Walkers do. But when we got up the next morning and began our daytime stroll, we realized this wasn’t a joke. It was an epidemic.
Throughout New York City, the pedestrian crossing signals are in various states of de-lumination. We saw walkers without feet, arms, torsos, even ones who had lost their entire heads. Why are there so many burnt-out walkers in New York?
I suppose bulbs can burn out over time, but I didn’t notice any of the red hands missing any fingers. And wouldn’t these kinds of signals use some kind of LED-that-lasts-an-eternity bulb anyway? It’s kind of an impossible thing to Google since I just come up with a list of the city’s other pedestrian issues. Can anyone solve the mysterious case of New York’s dimming pedestrian signals? As as Walker, I would like to know how I can help.