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Unnecessary road signs; what a waste of our money!

By DavoDavo 23 January 2010 37

I’m getting increasingly fed up with the appalling waste of taxpayers’ money on the ever blossoming of more and more road signs throughout Canberra.

A classic one is “Park In Bays Only” (yeah, I know they’ve been around for a while now). I ask you, as if the clowns that don’t park correctly take any notice in the first place – and even if they do they don’t give a rat’s arse anyway.

However, the one that takes the cake is the sign for the poor, hard done by cyclists who can’t navigate their way around without the nice, fancy blue and white signs provided for them. The one I have in mind is the one on the corner of the Tuggeranong Parkway and Boddington Crescent, it says “Kambah Shops 0.2 kms” and points across the road. You can see the damn shops from the stupid sign – they are on the opposite corner!!

When I first came to Canberra (in the good old days – 1974), there was a strict rule that no signs went up unless they were absolutely necessary, these days there are so many you would be forgiven for running off the road trying to read them all.

Grrr! Now, where’s my angle grinder….


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Deref 5:06 pm 24 Sep 12

Zusi4114 said :

and get rid of billboards while theyre at it

Hear bloody hear.

You know what I hate? Signposts covered with advertising and nary a bloody street sign in sight. Civic’s littered with them.

Roadrage77 4:42 pm 24 Sep 12

“Welcome to Country” – makes me feel all warm and fuzzy every time I read it.

tim_c 3:36 pm 24 Sep 12

I know what you mean. I’ve noticed recently a lot of intersections being marked with yellow X and “Keep Clear”. I always thought it was illegal to queue across any intersection, but apparently only the ones marked “Keep Clear”.
Another beauty is the “Don’t Drink and Drive” (Barton Hwy, eastbound near the Gungahlin Driveway) – does it only apply to that section of road?
Same can be said of “Don’t Tailgate” (northbound on ‘Vermin’ Circle, City) or the temporary roadworks sign on Cotter Road, Weston which says “Obey Speed Limits” – since when did we have to do that?!

Amethyst 3:33 am 13 Apr 10

miz said :

Best sign ever is the Stop sign in Fadden with “Hammer Time” stencilled on it!

There’s a stop sign in Hawker that has ‘In The Name Of Love’ stencilled under it! Always makes me smile a bit and stop for a bit longer – don’t want to disobey love!

jadie360 9:45 am 07 Feb 10

Felix the Cat said :

No $ Area = No Stopping Area.

Isn’t this actually a contradiction? If $ means “no stopping” isn’t that really saying not a no stopping area?

TP 3000 10:07 pm 26 Jan 10

One of the most useless signs in Canberra is on Constitution Avenue, Reid. Just near the CIT pedestrian crossing there is a sign that reads “Form One Lane”. Only thing is, it is already one lane.

Anna Key 8:30 am 26 Jan 10

Near Tidbinbilla there is (or used to be) a kangaroo warning sign for the next 7.5km. I was impressed that they worked out the extra 500m, but avoided the temptation to round up to 8km

P Taker said :

miz said :

Best sign ever is the Stop sign in Fadden with “Hammer Time” stencilled on it!

Fadden, Gowrie, Macarthur had them all around for months! Some do gooder covered most of them over though. Made me laugh at every intersection.

They have started re-appearing in Wanniassa

Ryan 8:27 pm 25 Jan 10

nicnacvb said :

There is a no right turn sign on Piallago Ave near Brindabella business park where there no itersection. It’s between 2 roundabaouts and to the right of the sign is a nice landscaped lawn. Definitely an uneccessary one, methinks.

And in that area, what is the deal with the traffic lights on the new flyover bridge near the ariport? They look like they should be for a pedestrian crossing as there is no intersection but there are freeway blocks on either side and in the middle of the road.

Another uneccessary one is the sign announcing that you need to form 2 lanes (from one) on Wells Station drive. I can see the point if you were forming 2 lanes from 3, or going from 2 to 1, but not the other way round.

I don’t know the areas that well, but I’d suggest the No Right Turn and Form 2 Lane signs should be facing the other direction, and have just blown/been knocked/been hit/been spun around as a joke

As for the lights, they are Part-Time traffic lights that come on in peak hour to stop the Qbn-bound traffic so that people can get out of Brindabella Cct without having to wait forever. There’s also a set on Athllon Dr just before the Drakeford Dr/Isabella Dr roundabout for the same reason.

Zusi4114 3:32 pm 25 Jan 10

#15Jerry Atric
(Troublemaker)
09:24, 24 Jan 10
Quote SPEED KILLS! Well not exactly. It happens when you stop. However while you are thinking about the literary merit of the sign, you bang into the car in front of you who is also so engaged. Road signs should provide information for the immediate circumstance not try to be some sort of ‘al fresco’ driving school.

AL FRESCO – hahaha this is too good and so spot on, I’ve been laughing fof over 30 mins about this one, it is so true…. if yo don’t know by the time your driving with a ‘licence’ you never will, I definately agree LESS SIGNS so distracting, all we need are: street names and speed limits and temporary warning for what should be temporary speed cameras.

TXT and Die messages are stupid! and get rid of billboards while theyre at it, bloody commercialism in your face constantly whether is political, consumerist or threating.

I read a nice sign in NZ: “you good smokers, smoke outside of this gate” how positive. I’ve heard that generally NZ policy ads have a positive spin – nice to imagine that the govt/police have faith in your good nature not your worst behaviour.

P Taker 1:27 pm 25 Jan 10

miz said :

Best sign ever is the Stop sign in Fadden with “Hammer Time” stencilled on it!

Fadden, Gowrie, Macarthur had them all around for months! Some do gooder covered most of them over though. Made me laugh at every intersection.

Blingerific 1:11 pm 25 Jan 10

Yes, of course, those “shops X km” signs are only there so those absolute bastard cyclists can find places. Not one other person on the face of the planet would ever need to read such an atrocious sign! Because EVERYONE else knows exactly where every suburb’s shops are located!

How about you start with the truly irrelevant signs like speed signs, Give Way and Stop signs (which are never obeyed anyway) and the roadside comedy signs such as “Roadworks speed limits enforced” and their ilk?

niftydog 10:13 am 25 Jan 10

Sgt.Bungers said :

When High Street, Kensington in London was “renovated” a few years back…

That’s a fantastic success story, this is what I think they need to consider in Bunda St. Thanks for the article, Sgt.

Sgt.Bungers said :

Standard, international, no stopping sign…

I have seen this sign in movies and on TV for years, but I’ve never known what it meant until today. Perhaps I would have figured it out eventually if I found myself driving through Europe.

nicnacvb 9:52 am 25 Jan 10

There is a no right turn sign on Piallago Ave near Brindabella business park where there no itersection. It’s between 2 roundabaouts and to the right of the sign is a nice landscaped lawn. Definitely an uneccessary one, methinks.

And in that area, what is the deal with the traffic lights on the new flyover bridge near the ariport? They look like they should be for a pedestrian crossing as there is no intersection but there are freeway blocks on either side and in the middle of the road.

Another uneccessary one is the sign announcing that you need to form 2 lanes (from one) on Wells Station drive. I can see the point if you were forming 2 lanes from 3, or going from 2 to 1, but not the other way round.

miz 10:53 pm 24 Jan 10

Best sign ever is the Stop sign in Fadden with “Hammer Time” stencilled on it!

Sgt.Bungers 10:43 pm 24 Jan 10

Absolutely. More signs = more clutter. More clutter = ugly.

When High Street, Kensington in London was “renovated” a few years back, traffic engineers took a leaf out of the “shared space” book, but did not give full priority to people on foot over people in cars. None the less, traffic signs that were deemed unnecessary were removed, which ended up being the vast majority of them. Traffic barriers to stop pedestrians from crossing the road were removed, gutter heights were lowered. The result, a 44% decrease in crashes over the following two years.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/feb/29/guardiancolumnists

Treat road users like idiots, and they’ll behave like idiots.

In regards to massive “No $ Area” signs on the GDE, clearly the ACT Gov didn’t think about interstate tourists when these were erected. How is an interstate tourist to know where “Belconnen Way and Ginninderra dr” are, as indicated on the signs? Rather than those massive signs, all that was needed was “No $ Area” signs placed on every second or third lamp post, then “End No $ Area” to mark the boundaries of the zone.

Don’t get me started on Australia as a whole continues to use English instead of symbols on our regulatory street signs. Why this country’s States and Territories consider the local population unable to learn and comprehend symbols, as other people all over the world must do in order to deal with language barriers, is beyond me.

Standard, international, no stopping sign that anybody can understand regardless of language: http://www.freefoto.com/images/41/08/41_08_80—Clearway-No-Stopping-Road-Sign_web.jpg

If you cannot read the road sign in the link below, then imagine how an international tourist who cannot read English must feel when they come across the “No $ Area” signs on the GDE 🙂

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/TW-Art025.3.png

sepi 9:07 pm 24 Jan 10

I hate how in Canberra they just do those signs that say “town centre” or “woden” or “city” or whatever – if you are following a map, it is nice to have actual street names to look for, not just general clues.

bd84 8:00 pm 24 Jan 10

Ryan said :

Felix the Cat said :

Another sign that I don’t understand is on GDE near the Belconnen Way off-ramp and it says something like “No $ area”. WTF is this about?

It’s to stop people parking on the grass in the middle of Gungahlin Drive when the Raiders or Brumbies are playing, rather than paying the $5 to park in the actual carparking.

No $ Area = No Stopping Area.

I don’t really see how an S with the standard circle/diagonal line through the middle could be seen as a dollar sign in the first place. If one can’t read or understand a simple no stopping sign, I don’t think they should be allowed a licence..

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