Enhance the commute with haikus
Yesterday, Marc Tomik (@marctomik) adapted an idea from King County, Washington and the Washington (state) DOT to write haikus about transportation on Twitter.
Because Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct is being torn down, @wsdot started a contest to write some "vaikus" about the viaduct.
Viaduct Haiku or #vaiku · wsdot · Storify
Vaiku format: 5 syllables, 7, 5. Do not #vaiku while driving. Someone could die-ku. Be nice. We are a family twitterfeed. #viadoom Drivin...
Marc decided to call for some road haikus.
@CCTgirl @RideLikeCharlie @ajfroggie Roads really need Haikus.
And Adam Froehlig and others jumped right in:
@marctomik @cctgirl @ridelikecharlie @wsdot Along the highway | Do I see the sights and sounds | Of America
@ajfroggie @marctomik @CCTgirl @RideLikeCharlie @Tracktwentynine Highways get money | Transit is just as awesome | Can we get some too?
I decided to try and thread the tweets by introducing the #transpohaiku hashtag. And it kind of took off from there.
One hundred seven | years of moving the city | The New York Subway @AimeeCustis @CCTgirl @marctomik @RideLikeCharlie #transpohaiku
Number 9 Perry | Gone with the last transit cuts | Wish I could ride again #transpohaiku
Even in the cold | #Metro trains go everywhere | Except with 6 inches snow #transpohaiku
Do not hold the doors | you'll be sure to cause a jam | and offload us all. #transpohaiku #wmata
You let me travel / when I am drunk or tired / enabling vice #transpohaiku
America's Trucks | Bring Life's Essentials Safely | Efficiently Everyday #transpohaiku (cc @AdamKSnider)
Some of the tweets echoed debates we often have on Greater Greater Washington.
Cars are free market / aren't there externalities? / debate without end #transpohaiku
The right price to park / not too high but not too low / goldilocks pricing #shoup #transpohaiku
New York Avenue | Florida Ave - Galludet | U. Soon: More long names. #transpohaiku #wmata #ShortenTheFreakingStationNames
Bicycles are great | I confess: sometimes I ride | without a helmet. #transpohaiku #needafolduphelmetformybag
Metro was a common subject, of course.
Metro can frustrate | Traffic is worse. Perspective. | Transit for all. #transpohaiku #wmata
Mournfully crying | the Metro escalator | moans, groans as it climbs: | #transpohaiku #wmata
Metrobus riders | Keep moving to the back please | It's crowded up front #transpohaiku #wmata
i ride the green line | still waiting for cell signal | south of chinatown #transpohaiku #wmata
Angry tweets and posts | Metro delay may raise ire | Interaction soothes #transpohaiku #wmata
Did you see something? | Say 'hey there, is that your bag?' | Keeping metro safe #transpohaiku #wmata
The idea spread to other cities, too.
With cuts and fare hikes / in the City by the Bay / Muni is puny. #transpohaiku #munihaiku
Shuttles shall replace | Red Line Kenmore to Broadway | this snowy weekend #mbta #transpohaiku
Mapping Fixed Guideway | Use as a quick 'burgh guide | This is Still a draft #TranspoHaiku @PGHtransit @bus15237
We were even joined by the venerable Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation, Montgomery council member Roger Berliner, and @wmata.
Stopping texts stops wrecks/ @AdCouncil and @NHTSAgov/ say in PSA #transpohaiku
People have to climb | Hope escalators fixed soon | At #Bethesda stop #transpohaiku #wmata
Our first stab... Today's Noon Event | Leaders, Mascots And Conga | Celebrate Farragut Crossing #transpohaiku #wmata ^BA
Tweets are still coming in, too.
Public transit saves | keeps our environment green | a win-win for all #transpohaiku
Traffic makes me sad | Reading on metro is nice | I like orange vinyl #transpohaiku #wmata
Towards Zero Deaths now : guardrail, signs, lines, cones, rumbles : Safer roads save lives #transpohaiku #TZD
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