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Old January 12th, 2008, 07:09 PM   #61
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It would be quite a mess if every pedestrian just suddenly crosses the street.
In places like Mississauga there aren't any pedestrians. It is a completely car dominated society. Everyone exists inside a box. A box shaped like a house, a box shaped like an office, a box shaped like a store, or a box shaped like a car.

Outside? A city of 700,000 people, but it looks like a catastrophic plague hit last year and everyone died. It is a ghost town, until you go underground or inside. That's where you'll come in contact with other human beings. People drive EVERYWHERE. You don't walk, EVER! Interactions between people are highly controlled. Depending on your occupation and outside of minor transactions, it's actually possible to live an entire year without ever running into another person.

Drive through banks, drive through restaurants, internet banking, internet food delivery services, internet shopping, even filling your car up with gas requires no contact with a stranger. It's an extremely isolating and controlled environment. In extreme cases, the idea of bumping into someone outside is a bizarre concept that makes people uneasy.

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Old January 13th, 2008, 03:02 AM   #62
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If anyone has doubts about the Canadian obsession with the automobile, look no further than these road signs in Mississauga on the western flank of Toronto.

The sign needs to be placed in propoer context. This particular sign is at an onramp so I think it would make sense here that pedestrians give way to automobiles. Cars begin increasing their speed, making them stop for pedestrians would also back up road. While I am not defending the car, this sign is by no indication of the obsession with the car, just a bit of common sense for everyone's safety.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 11:47 AM   #63
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United States have some funny, suggestive custom-made road signs. Here is a one I stumbled in Manhattan last summer

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Old January 13th, 2008, 02:11 PM   #64
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Exaggerating as always; a car can, let's say, "break down" for 30 s or 5 min.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:03 PM   #65
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Found and taken in central Groningen, Netherlands:

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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #66
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Senseless roundabout?
This is obviously a sign placed there for a limited time because of road work.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:56 AM   #67
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The sign needs to be placed in propoer context. This particular sign is at an onramp so I think it would make sense here that pedestrians give way to automobiles. Cars begin increasing their speed, making them stop for pedestrians would also back up road. While I am not defending the car, this sign is by no indication of the obsession with the car, just a bit of common sense for everyone's safety.
Good point, but it says a lot that there is an on ramp in what seems to be the centre of the 'city' and that a sidewalk would be closed for winter. I've been to Mississauga and it is completely centred around the car. How many people walk to the store or hang out on patios on typical Mississauga streets? ZERO. The 'streets' look more like freeways than city streets. It is so inhospitable to pedestrians that it's no wonder they close sidewalks down due to lack of use. The pedestrian has almost been taken out of the equation all together.

This might be an eye opener to people from Mississauga, but pedestrians are usually NEVER are asked to yield to a car. It is always the other way around. The car comes first in Mississauga, not human beings. That is car obsession.

Go to Amsterdam or London to experience cities that are designed for humans first, cars, second. They don't look anything like Mississauga in their design. Roads are narrow, sidewalks are wide. Mississauga? You're lucky if there is a sidewalk at all.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:16 PM   #68
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on some city streets in Amsterdam there's even not enough room for just pedestrians...
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:19 PM   #69
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Who's gonna walk 10 miles to work? To be frank, in Dutch cities, you usually only see people walking in the historic car-free shopping districts, or some guy walking his dog.

The difference is, that North American cities are designed for cars and used by cars, and European cities are not designed for cars, though most people still use their car. Every mid-size city in the Netherlands is jammed during rushhour because most major roads are only 1 lane with traffic lights.

I think N. American cities are better designed for todays transportation demands than European cities.

Europe and North America are not that different, though they look completely different.

In practice, ideology (people walking, cycling and use Mass Transit) and practice (people using their cars to go around) don't agree, which results in 8 - 10 hours of rushhour every day.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:29 PM   #70
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this one is in Italy:


this one is in Spain (Basque Country)


Some other weird signs:



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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:30 PM   #71
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In my opinion historic city centers should be car-free, and give way to cyclists and pedestrians.

Though elsewhere, they shouldn't discourage car-usage this much, knowing that it doesn't work anyway, with all traffic jams happening because of this policy. It almost looks like traffic jams are created deliberatly to make buses look faster, while nobody use that bus to go to work.

Again, this is the strive between ideology and reality.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #72
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I like this sign personally:



It says:
"ATTENTION"
"REDUCE YOUR SPEED"
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 05:33 PM   #73
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Chicken Crossing in Bavaria...



Near a hospital.



Snow sports.



A old Bavarian village entrance sign. It names the village, the community and several administrative offices and districts it belongs to (for example "Aushebungsbezirk", the office that recruited every young man for military service).

(all pics are from my home region, taken from www.allgaeuer-humor.de)

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Old January 22nd, 2008, 06:01 PM   #74
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Hmm... why would I wanna touch it?


An interactive road sign...


wtf...?


Fortunately I'm heading to college!


Quite a harsh one...


O thanks for telling me!!


omg...


Now pay attention...
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 06:06 PM   #75
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Airplane crossing could be in Gibraltar. The only way out there is to cross the runway of the airport.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 07:17 PM   #76
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i have never seen more sensless signs in my entire life!
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Old January 26th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #77
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Froma Spain

Speed limit 30 km / h during next 18 km



This is from Salamanca, near Duero river and Aldeadávila Dam

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Old January 26th, 2008, 05:53 PM   #78
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One of the best I've found:



Does not concern permanent commune inhabitants

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Old January 26th, 2008, 10:59 PM   #79
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Airplane crossing could be in Gibraltar. The only way out there is to cross the runway of the airport.
wrong type of sign for Gibraltar. They use standard UK signage there
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Old January 27th, 2008, 01:48 AM   #80
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The aircraft crossing could mean aircraft flying low over the road, on appraoch to the runway?
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