Letters to the Editor

Nielsen letter: Street signs

There is a street sign in front of my house in the middle of the street. It is a fine example of abstract art. It consists of an upright curved line with an elongated sort of wedge to the left of it.

Since it doesn’t mean anything nobody slows down or stops to admire it. During the snow season it is removed. This doesn’t make any difference to the flow of traffic, so we can consider the sign as useless if not a hindrance.

In other parts of the world I have seen signs in a similar situation. To indicate which lane we should drive in they have large, downward-pointing arrows on them that give instant, useful information.

Wouldn’t it be much more helpful if our traffic engineers employed practical symbols instead of abstract art on our road and street signs?

Ralph Nielsen, Moscow