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Old November 18th, 2008, 11:46 PM   #21
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Most dislike it. Sometimes we cross city/town border but we don't get to built-up area so we don't need to slow down. When we do then we see black-white sign (called "castle" by poles btw).
I think it's useless. It's better to sign a city/town there where built-up area begins so I prefer the old ones to the green and 'castle' ones.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 12:28 AM   #22
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and how did old ones look like?
And i talked about look and not utilization
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Old November 19th, 2008, 12:37 AM   #23
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and how did old ones look like?
And i talked about look and not utilization
Yea I know
Here's the rusty old one


This is usual sign informing about voivodeship border.

Województwo Opolskie - Opole Voivodeship
Powiat Strzelecki - Strzelce County
Gmina Strzelce Opolskie - Strzelce Opolskie Parish

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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:05 AM   #24
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Here you have all in one picture: old and new built-up area (white), city border (green) and a greeter (i don't know how to name this monument).

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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:16 AM   #25
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New York state border sign on South I-95:


On the other side, Connecticut


A bit of humor here.


Massachusetts sign on I-84 (barely visible)


All except the third one are from www.aaroads.com
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:43 AM   #26
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A very bad one from Germany, taken on the border between Bavaria and Thuringia on A9 last Saturday, near Hof.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:47 AM   #27
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If you leave Vienna (which is both a city and a "Bundesland", i.e. one of nine federal states of Austria), you enter the state of Lower Austria/Niederösterreich:
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The typical "Ortstafel" (border sign of a town or city) isn't always located right on the border, though.
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A safe way of telling when exactly you cross Vienna's city limits is the 50 km/h sign:
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Old November 19th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #28
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These are the signs I see every time when we go shopping to Moscow. The city of Moscow starts right at the state boundary line with Washington. As you can see, the city's welcome sign is much more noticeable than the Idaho state sign.

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Old November 19th, 2008, 12:41 PM   #29
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:38 PM   #30
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Old November 19th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #31
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Clear signs

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Old November 19th, 2008, 05:21 PM   #32
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The Spanish ones are pretty simple. First the region, then the province.

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Old November 19th, 2008, 10:50 PM   #33
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United Kingdom

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Old November 20th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #34
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In France the limits between the départements are maked with stone milestones which were erected in the 19th century. Normally all French roads, big and small, have these border milestones which are called "bornes départementales". They are taller than regular milestones. When you're a kid, the big game when travelling outside of your département is locating the departmental border milestone on whichever road you're on. It can be tricky to locate the milestone if your dad drives fast. Lol.

Here is a typical borne départementale on a country road, marking the border between Aisne and Ardennes:


Some old 19th century departmental border milestones indicate the distances to the main cities in both départments. Here at the border between Vienne and Deux-Sčvres:


Border between Jura and Doubs:


Indre-et-Loire and Loir-et-Cher:


More recently they have replaced some old stone milestones with plastic ones, but the size remains the same. Here marking the border between Charente and Charente-Maritime:


Most recent model, some metal sheet imitating the old stone milestones:


And old one marking the border between "Seine Inférieure" and Oise. The "Seine-Inférieure" was renamed Seine-Maritime in 1955, but they haven't changed that milestone:


More recently the departmental councils have added road signs at their borders which are much more visible than the old milestones, but not as much fun to locate. Not all roads have them, whereas the old milestones can usually be found on all roads, including the small ones.





Some departmental councils have even added a translation in the local regional language (here Breton), even though very few people still speak those regional languages. This is criticized by many people (I've heard the same criticism when I travelled in the Scottish Highlands actually: too complicated to read when you drive, and so on).



The regional councils have also added road signs at the border between regions. There exist no regional milestones, because when the border milestones were erected, the French regions didn't exist yet.



Finally the French municipalities (communes) have no milestones or road signs indicating their borders, which is something I have always regretted. When I was a child I used to buy ordnance maps and track the borders of my commune (in southern France) with my bike and my maps, taking pictures of the actual municipal border, which is never indicated on the road. Call me geeky.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #35
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Old November 20th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #36
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More from Sweden:

Green on motorways.




Blue on other roads.


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A bit of humor here.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 12:16 AM   #38
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It's interesting to see community/city border signs on display on motorways in Sweden. Doesn't exist down here.
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Why Breton and not Catalan and/or Occitan ?
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Go figure!

In western Brittany, I know there has been a militant movement calling for the translation of all road signs in Breton, that's why local authorities over there have translated all road signs, but this is an isolated case in France. A lot of people criticized this move, which is pretty recent (like 10 years or so). It reached some extreme in the Morbihan département. The west of Morbihan was historically Breton-speaking, whereas the east of Morbihan was historically Gallo-speaking (a Romance dialect akin to French), yet the departmental authorities (who themselves speak only French), imposed Breton translations even in the eastern part of Morbihan where Breton was not spoken!

Some mayors in the eastern part of Morbihan are opposed to having bilingual signs in Breton. They say it's a waste of tax payers' money (200 euros per sign), and it's artificial since Breton was not spoken in their territory. Some of them put black tape to hide the translated Breton names (these translated Breton names are invented by the Office of the Breton Language which is in the hands of some minority Breton nationalists, and these translated names are not based on anything historical, according to the mayors).

Link for further information: http://aosb.free.fr/





"Abusive use of Breton on road signs" says this local article:


Thanks God in the south of France it doesn't reach such extremes! There are a few signs in Occitan, but nothing as extremist and systematic as in Brittany.
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