The City has decided that having pedestrian traffic move in only one direction (clockwise) around Jamaica Pond will reduce crowding and therefore reduce the chances of COVID-19 spread. So the City designed, printed, and posted signs indicating that the path is one way:
- At none of the entrances to the park are there signs directing you to turn left and walk clockwise around the pond.
- Pedestrians traveling counterclockwise will at no point will encounter a sign telling them they are going the wrong way.
- Pedestrians traveling clockwise will frequently encounter the pictured sign confirming that they are going in the right direction.
As you might expect, about half the pedestrians are walking clockwise and about half counterclockwise. The latter, of course, not because they are deliberately ignoring the "one way" rule, but because there no signs positioned to tell them which way to go.
This may be a small thing, but as a taxpayer this utter waste of money offends me. The problem isn't a lack of resources, nor a lack of staff. The problem is that someone actively chose not to think about how people arrive at the park, which way they are facing as they walk, and therefore where directional signs might be posted.