China is looking to crack down on the scourge of dangerous “Chinese-style street crossing” the best way that it knows how — through song and dance.
Last week, Beijing’s Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress released a brand new musical number that it hopes will soon sweep the nation and become stuck in the head of any pedestrian or scooter rider prone to ignoring the color of traffic lights.
Titled “Wait for the Light,” this catchy little ditty is modeled after those that dancing aunties have made ubiquitous on street corners around the country with choreographed moves and helpful lyrics like:
“Civility is part of safety, so wait patiently” and “Wait a little longer and be happy for a lifetime.”
As part of the awareness campaign, dancing aunties, police officers and even small children took to the streets of Tongzhou District to perform this Chinese-style safety dance last week in front of impatient locals.
Beijing will soon be opening a hundred “compassion crosswalks” around the city, at which traffic officers can be found doing the “Wait for the Light” in front of confused commuters.
Check out the promotional music video below:
And learn the steps yourself:
In the past, local governments have experimented with different ways of curbing the pervasive practice of jaywalking. In 2015, jaywalkers in Shenzhen were made to “wear the green hat.” While, in 2013, Shanghai authorities tried to embarrass jaywalkers by making them stand up on a podium and read a newspaper out loud to pedestrians. Most recently, Wuhan installed some automatic safety gates at one intersection in town last week.
But it seems that they could have just saved some money, and relied on the power of music instead.
[Images via Sohu]
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