Here’s How To Watch Tourists Almost Get Hit By Cars On Abbey Road

Thursday, August 8, 2013


It was 44 years ago today that the iconic photograph was taken that would become the album cover for Abbey Road, the Beatles’ final recorded album. Photographer Iain Macmillan recalled in an interview in 1989 the the iconic photo was the result of just a handful taken by him of the band as they crossed the street in between afternoon recording sessions (and the only where all of the members’ strides were all in sync — symbolism!).

Today, the crosswalk still exists on, yes, Abbey Road (here’s what it looks from above in satellite view), and visitors flock there in droves to see the crosswalk, take pictures of it, and of course, almost get mowed down by drivers on this otherwise busy street as they attempt to have their pictures taken. In fact, there is a 24-hour webcam perched outside the recording studio that records the crosswalk day and night, and which provides a constant stream of images of tourists nearly getting struck as they stop to take pictures in the middle of the road.

Seriously, take a minute or two to watch the video stream and I guarantee you will see at least several examples of near-misses as clueless tourists take to the street crossing for a picture. This, my friends, is not for the feint of heart, or anyone that has an interest in avoiding images of carnage on their computer screen. I would advise anyone watching this to finish up by decompressing and watching a few minutes of this live stream of puppies, which will surely calm you down.

[Abbey Road Crossing Livecam]

By Matt Stabile


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