In the fight to end the unruly jaywalking which plagues cities across the country, China has introduced its latest weapon — red ropes.
Last week, these new, high-tech devices were launched at an intersection in downtown Wuhan in an attempt to curb the dangerous practice of “Chinese-style street crossing.” The ropes prevent pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders from using the zebra crossing until it is safe, automatically lifting up to allow traffic to pass through when the light is green.
However, it’s not yet clear how this sophisticated system will deal with people who simply limbo under or go around the ropes.
The Hubei capital of Wuhan has been at the front of China’s war against jaywalkers, introducing subway-style automatic safety gates at another intersection in the city earlier this year — though the gates were removed only a week later after residents complained.
In the past, local governments have mostly attempted to crack down on jaywalking through public shaming, but it appears now that they are interested in a more 21st-century approach — which also includes public shaming.
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