Why I got lost in San Diego

Why I got lost in San Diego

I’m in San Diego for the Active Living Research conference. So far the conference has been really good. I’ve met lots of interesting people and had some great conversations. However, last night I was walking back to my hotel after the poster session and I got completely lost. I thought maybe it was because I was talking on my phone and not paying attention to the signs. No big deal. Then this morning on my way to the conference I got lost again! Maybe I’m just a terrible navigator and my geographic sense is going (check my early post on this). After a bit more walking and finally getting my bearings I realized that there is a very good reason explaining why I got lost. The street signs are not designed for pedestrians, they are only designed for automobile traffic.

If you are walking against the flow of traffic a one way street (on the side walk) there is no signage to indicate the cross street. Here is a photo taken on the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue in San Diego walking against traffic.

If you are walking with the flow of traffic a one way street (on the side walk) there is signage to indicate the cross street. But it is very high up the light poll and designed for cars and not necessarily pedestrians to see. Here is a photo taken on the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue in San Diego walking with traffic.

I haven’t done a complete observation of downtown San Diego, but once I noticed it the pattern was very consistent. I guess when I walk I should just act more like car and only go in the direction of traffic.
Just in case you want to play with this a little more here is a google street map you can check to out too see all of the intersections on Broadway and Fourth Avenue.


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