Some SLOW signs are appearing around the neighbourhood. I noticed the first ones on Laurel, and then on Primrose:
I think they are well intentioned. It will be interesting to see if they work. The City filmed some of the locations before the signs went in, and will film again some months later.
Am I being too picky when I say they look too small? Anemic? Weak? Not muscular enough to convey the message with authority? The only word missing is Sorry. And maybe Please.
Bigger thicker letters maybe?
Or maybe they are too abstract. First read the word slow. Then translate it into something meaningful like taking the foot off the gas, or looking at the speedometer. Or just don’t bother.
Something with a more direct message might work better. Like a number, same as you should see on your speedometer. No implication you are speeding. All good vibes. I also like more interesting formats. Like the one on this Irish t-shirt with a red heart circling the 30kmh, the Love 30 campaign. It’s positive, graphic, and numeric:
Love30 is a campaign in metric countries; in the US, it is 20’s Plenty. Although I notice some metric cities are taking the 20 and applying it to kmh.
Signs, whether on posts or painted on the street, are signs that the road was built wrong. It encourages traffic to go too fast. So the road is too wide, too flat, too straight, too open, too freeway like. Signs and flexposts are just interim measures until we fix the design of the roads themselves.
Down near Bluesfest, residents are dealing with excessive noise and post concert exuberance with remarkably restrained tact, so Canadian:
I notice that Bluesfest attendees are often geographically challenged. Lost. They only get into this neighbourhood once a year, and it looks different after dark. And if you arrive in a group where someone else did the navigating …
so I’d add another few signs to the mix, with an arrow pointing Fastest Way to Bluesfest and one pointing Fastest Way Downtown. Gotta keep them moving along …