You’re Going the Wrong Way

Strange: I have walked through this intersection countless times over the years and only today recognized the anomalous road sign(s). In the Featured Image, bikers are given distances to destinations that are behind them—meaning where they came from. In the companion capture, of the sign on the other side of the roundabout, information is accurate for everyone riding East towards Normal Heights.

Ah, yeah. Maybe you are unfamiliar with the area and turned onto Meade from a perpendicular street a few blocks away. Based on the first sign, you would be mislead to think that you’re eight-tenths of a mile (1.29 kilometers) from University Heights. The Meade-Utah traffic circle is often nasty with cars, so a biker paying attention to incoming vehicles could easily miss the second sign.

Welcome to San Diego. This is the same city that mislabeled the roundabouts in my neighborhood and later had to sandblast corrections. Then there is Bump painted on the road but Hump on the traffic sign.

Okay, let’s talk photos—both of which come from Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. Original of the first is 200 megapixels from the main camera and the second is 50MP from the 5x zoom. Vitals: f/1.7, ISO 12, 1/1200 sec, 23mm (film equivalent); 1:41 p.m. PDT. The other: f/3.4, ISO 32, 1/1100 sec, 115mm (film equivalent); 1:42 p.m. Composed as shot.

Oh, and this is not an April Fool’s joke—unless it’s a gag that the city plays on bikers every day. The signage is real.