Wednesday, October 08, 2008
They take the law into their own hands.
I found this sign posted at an intersection exiting a popular park used by cyclists. Something about it didn't look quite right, so I stopped and took a closer look.
It's a hand-made sign, painted onto plywood. Public Works didn't do it. The Park Department claimed innocence. I presume that a citizen, fed up with cyclists blowing through (and rolling through) the stop sign, made it, or had it made.
Public Works removed it immediately. Why? Because it's not a legal sign, and it makes a very dangerous statement. The implication one could draw from this sign is that the "cyclist" must stop, but not the motorist. This sign modifies the legal stop sign, and could appear to apply to cyclists only.
Several years ago, the Police Department asked for signs like that at White Rock Lake Park. We declined, for the reasons I mentioned, and instead posted the very popular (based upon their frequency of theft) "Bicycles Are Vehicles" sign (see below). Time to crank up the machinery and get some more made, I guess.