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Unknown road sign.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by another_dave_b, 8 Feb 2008.

  1. Cycling in Basingstoke yesterday, on what I understand to be a mixed pedestrian/cycling route, I saw a road sign I'm not familiar with.

    A red rectangle, with white border, and white lettering. The lettering said 'pedestrians' with a straight ahead arrow beneath.

    I browsed through several PDFs of road signs, the closest I came was a 'temporary road hazard' [PDF], but that doesn't make any sense.

    Anyone know what it means?
     
  2. Cant take a picture of it then?
     
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    "Pedestrians, Up yours!"

    Dunno...I've only seen what you describe at places where the pavement is being dug up and peds have to walk on a section of the road, shielded by temporary barriers.
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Bit odd, never seen one like that. Is it perhaps supposed to warn cyclists about the pedestrians temporarily or something?

    Could juat be a council sign department cock up perhaps, meant it to be a blue sign or something. Still a bit odd to have in that situation though, especially with the direction arrow... Unless it's meantto stop peds wandering across the path in a salom sty-lee....
     
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    What does this mean?
     
  6. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Unicyclists Rock!
     
  7. OP
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    another_dave_b

    another_dave_b Guest

    It wasn't a free standing sign, there were about three, attached to lamposts along a section of the route.

    The reason I ask about it is, at the time I found myself wondering if the route had become 'pedestrians only', but there was still one of the little round blue bicycle/pedestrian signs there.
     
  8. OP
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    another_dave_b

    another_dave_b Guest

    It's a relatively narrow path there, so that's a possible explanation.
     
  9. Bollo

    Bollo Gas Giant Staff Member

    Location:
    Winch
    Yea! A Basingstoke thread.

    Whereabouts in 'stoke are the signs? I'm sat in an office in Viables at the 'mo but if its close I might pedal there at lunch. An unknown road sign counts as a tourist attraction in Basingstoke.

    On a similar note, there's an 'interesting' combo of signs at the big Eastrop roundabout near the station. There's a post with a 'no cycles' sign at the top of an underpass ramp with a "Hampshire Cycle Route" or similar sticker on the same post, pointing down the same underpass. I'll try and get a picky if the Warrington Cycle Campaign site is having a quiet month.
     
  10. OP
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    another_dave_b

    another_dave_b Guest

    Coming from the underpass, through a little carpark, into Glebe Gardens. The path then runs through to the side of the shopping centre by the Anvil footbridge/back of M&S.

    As I recall, there was one sign between the underpass and the carpark, two/three in it, not sure if there were any in Glebe Gardens or not.
     
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    ped right of way it sounds like
     
  12. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    When my b-i-l worked there, he called it Basingrad...;)
     
  13. Bollo

    Bollo Gas Giant Staff Member

    Location:
    Winch
    I believe the 'stoke is painted a strong political shade of blue, so any reference to communist-speaking countries is unlikely to be popular.

    Basingstoke is an interesting place for cyclists, because it tries so hard to be our chum but generally knobs it up good and proper, like a well meaning auntie who buys us S Club 7's experimental death metal album. These sort of signs are a symptom, and I can see much of Sustan's windfall £50M being p1ssed up the wall in a similar fashion.

    Discuss.

    PS. I once made the mistake of popping in to the Basingstoke Tourist Information Office to get a map of cycle routes in order to clarify the go/no go cycling status of the Eastrop roundabout underpass. All was fine until I mentioned that I lived in Winchester, when the lady behind the counter turned into Tubbs Tattsyrup from the League of Gentlemen and started railing against the Winchester Tourist Info. "They have it easy with their cathedral and wealth and history. I'd hate for you to suffocate like the other three!" Word for word.
     
  14. OP
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    another_dave_b

    another_dave_b Guest

    I live near Kingsclere, about 8 miles north of Basingstoke. I've been very impressed by Basingstoke's cycle route network.

    I think Basingstoke was largely built in the 60s, and the cycle route network piggy-backs on an urban walkway put in at the design stage.
     
  15. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Sounds like its just telling pedestrians to continue straight ahead, rather than them use an alternative route (if there is one). A similar sort of sign, with an arrow, is often used at roadworks to point peds somewhere else when the footway is closed.