Thursday 13 August 2020 by Davywavy

Cyclist repeatedly fails Captcha test after failing to identify images with traffic lights


Cyclist struggles with Captcha

Local cyclist Simon Williams has failed to access his favourite website this morning after it asked him to identify which images of a street contained traffic lights.

Williams, a keen cyclist who regularly commutes to work on his bike through busy traffic, is currently unable to access a cycling forum due to the anti-spam Captcha system repeatedly asking him to prove he is not a robot.

He told us, “I don’t get it, I’m not a robot. I know this because here I am talking to you on a satirical website, but the system keeps showing me photos of the street asking me which squares contain traffic lights – how can I do that when none of the squares contains traffic lights!

“Every single square is a road that you could just drive down or a junction where you can pull out whenever you feel like it.  Is it some sort of trick question? Am I taking part in a Turing test?”

Captcha developer Gary Matthews told us, “Every set of images includes at least one set of traffic lights, it’s not a trick question.

“Maybe he can’t see them because all the lights are showing as red?

“But we have taken on board his feedback, and it does appear that a large number of cyclists are being locked out of websites because they simply can’t see the traffic lights that are right in front of them.

“We’re trialling a new cyclist-friendly version of our Captcha solution using images of potholes because it seems they can spot them from bloody miles away.”

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