I was walking to the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market yesterday when I came across a shiny new road sign. Regular readers know that I'm not a fan of frivolous road signs that tell us things that are either plainly obvious or completely unnecessary. This sign is one of those.
Here's what that spot looked like last month...
As a driver on a city street, you know there are curb cuts, you know there are side roads, you know there are intersections and you drive accordingly. A sign is not going to change driver behavior. Road design changes driver behavior. If you follow the logic used for this sign to its eventual conclusion, you will have a sign for every driveway and intersection to alert unsuspecting drivers to the the chance that there are intersecitons or that other cars may be trying to access the road they are on.
We have an almost perfect illustration of this right here in Historic Roswell. There are no fewer than 12 road advisory signs in a .4 mile stretch along Alpharetta Hwy right through our Historic District. Here's a collage courtesey of Google Street View. This garbage pollutes our historic corridor all the way to the River.
The only thing these signs are doing is polluting our public realm with bright shiny objects. Yes, they give some people a false sense of security that they are somehow now safer from bad drivers. News flash.. we are all 'bad drivers' at some point and signs aren't going to prevent that fact.
These types of signs are meant for high speed environments that require advance notice of intersections so drivers can reduce speed and plan accordingly to make turns. Think Highway 316 to Athens or GA 400 north of the access controlled section. We don't need this type of Highway engineering in the heart of a city where speeds are 40mph or less.
Please STOP THE MADNESS!!