Designer: Sweet stoplight designed to ruin other people’s lives

Written by J and C Mueller, CNN London Shrugging off complaints from worried cyclists and pedestrians alike, this bright red traffic signal is just… sweet. The system, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park,…

Designer: Sweet stoplight designed to ruin other people's lives

Written by J and C Mueller, CNN London

Shrugging off complaints from worried cyclists and pedestrians alike, this bright red traffic signal is just… sweet.

The system, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is so aesthetically pleasing that anybody looking for a place to ride a bike or walk through is likely to be inspired by its design.

Perhaps its best asset is the lack of an on/off switch. In fact, it operates perpetually, meaning that when you try to take your foot off the pedal and time it perfectly with the light, you’ll invariably have to pass someone who wants to beat you.

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As a result, it turns out, that people are inclined to ignore it — making it an unlikely resource for pollution abatement.

“There was a lot of discussion about turning it off,” says Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, managing director of engineering design firm LSA, which came up with the idea for the scheme. “There is the concern that once it’s on 24/7, people will use it to stop and start traffic.”

The system is made up of two components, the first being an engraved invitation to cycle or walk through the stoplight, followed by a walking speed of two miles per hour.

The second component is the controlled trigger and beacon. A circular, downward sloping red box, the beacon positions itself on the pavement. Once activated, the red lights remain on 24/7 even if no vehicles are in sight.

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