A sign of the times

Road sign 2-0340


Warning – this revised post contains statements of a depressing nature. On the plus side no animals were hurt during the making of it.

I love this sign. Or at least I did. Temporarily It warmed me. It appeared to be placed in the most incongruous of spots; a quiet country lane in the North Yorkshire Dales and giving access to a cycle lane. But sadly it’s not. Steve availed me of this misconception. It’s actually a ‘no cycling’ sign. I’m more used to seeing the type with the big slash running through the centre or the words spelt out in a massive font (NO CYCLING!!!). The colour is the give away of course, the big red trim marking the dinstinction between ‘cycle here, you’re having a laugh!’ And ‘welcome to the civilised world’. Hey-ho. If nothing else, the sign has reminded me to brush up on road sign distinctions. A sign of the times? With a steady momentum toward two wheel friendly city – and village – spaces, I think not. A great shame and a missed opportunity; it’s on a stretch adjacent to a school.

11 replies »

  1. That is a great sign in a great place. Wouldn’t it be great when the day comes when we’re all biking … and instead of having to build Bike Lanes on the side of the road … we’d have to build auxiliary Car Lanes on the side of our bike lanes 🙂

    • I would have agreed. Sadly I misinterpreted it – the missing slash through the bike caught me out, necessitating a revision (sorry!). It seems that the authorities would prefer the reverse of the original sentiment of the article. A huge shame really – the Yorkshire Dales is a terrific place to cycle (and thanks for taking the time to comment).

  2. Reblogged this on CYCLING LEARNING AND HEALING THE WORLD and commented:
    Me encanta el título de este blog: A SIGN OF OUR TIMES (Una Señal De Nuestros Tiempos). Claro, el ciclismo está en todo su apogeo y empezamos a ver estas señales de bicicletas en varias carreteras y caminos por los que transitamos. QUE SIGAN MÁS!!!

  3. I’d be a cycling fool on that road. Tough thing about being American… See something like that and the natural reflex is, “you can’t tell me what to do”.

  4. Is this a lane that cars can drive on? If so, I’m not sure legally you can ban cycles from it since they are actual vehicles that do the same job as cars; getting ppl to work / school. I would take this up with the local authority & the authority’s cycle forum. Roll on the ideal future when we get a ‘sorry, no cars’ sign on country lanes instead.

    • I love the idea of a ‘sorry no cars’ sign!

      This particular sign is particularly tricky. Its positioned right between a narrow lane and a road, making it unclear as to which it applies (most probably the narrow lane).

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