The Jerusalem streets can be very dangerous.
Many are too narrow for modern vehicles
and sidewalks are often blocked
forcing people to walk in the street in traffic.
The traffic lights in the center of town often come in pairs,
many times the closer light can be red, while the further one is green.
Those unfamiliar with this system often unwittingly step in the cross walk
in front of oncoming traffic.
While some intersections are extremely complicated,
the corner of Shalom Aleichem and Keren Hayesod Streets
is especially dangerous.
The red light visible from most angles
is really green.
Much more dangerous though,
the green light is really red.
While this traffic light was always hard to see behind the street sign,
now the large advertising sign blocks the line of vision,
making it almost impossible to see the traffic light.
Thousands of visitors walk from Gan Hapa’amon, Liberty Bell Park area
on Keren Hayesod Street towards town,
this is a tragedy waiting to happen.
Many tourists eager to get into town look across the street,
see a green light and continue walking.
This recent sign says it all:
“Be Careful on the Roads-It’s a Matter of Life”
and hopefully, not death… or injury.