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Traffic calming penguins dispatched over weekend


Penguin directing traffic

Last week’s “we are idiots when we drive” award at Webster and Wellington Streets provided an opportunity for implementation of a long-anticipated traffic calming penguin program.

The penguin replaced a tree that was removed by the City after the crash suffered last Tuesday night. Early observations suggest the inflatable flightless seabird provides an effective reminder for drivers to proceed slowly around the traffic circle. Bystanders also noticed a slight increase in the number of walking trips through Boardman neighborhood as rumor spread of the bird’s new nest.

In addition, feedback from nearby neighbors signal a quick and heartfelt affection for the three-foot tall traffic calming deputy. “I love it,” was frequently expressed. After only a day of service, a smaller bird joined the larger cousin on the island. Apparently, an overflow of whimsy from a nearby 1-year-old’s birthday party. *

What the…?

A call for additional traffic calming deputies

The view on Webster St. while heading east.

Have any suggestions for the dispatching of a penguin or two? 


* Reports from the scene this morning claim a third penguin is now on duty. 




Traffic calming penguins eat lots of fish–please, consider a donation.



  1. February 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Penguin Power!! I was trying to figure out what this bird’s story was.

  1. February 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

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