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Photo #175806

[Image taken 12.11.21] Station Avenue, York. The yellow temporary sign is the twin of this one: #175640. It is an old-fashioned, outdated concept that should be discontinued. It is aimed at drivers yet it creates a hazard to pedestrians and wheelchair users (and possibly cyclists if/when it falls/gets hit/is moved intentionally or otherwise into the carriageway: #170853, #170166, #168817). What's needed is a safe, attractive public realm that makes cycling, walking and wheelchairing the easiest, most cost-effective, most efficient and most intuitive way to move around the city. Supporting (directly or indirectly) driving as a travel choice defies any logic. The yellow sign does not even 'nudge' motorists to re-think their travel choices. York has an A boards policy ( The policy includes:
"There is an ongoing commitment to reduce street clutter overall in the city, with many items of council approved street furniture (signage/poles) having being removed in recent years"
"There is a need to create good impressions of the city for both residents and visitors, to protect the historic environment and respect the many listed buildings, interesting and vibrant public streets and spaces. Together these make York an attractive place to live in and visit.
"The policy
There is a necessity to ensure that the primary purpose of the public highway is achieved and upheld (to pass and repass without let or hindrance). The council has duties under both Highway and Equality legislation and wants to respond proactively to them. We must ensure that the highway provides safe access and movement for all and manage the risks/hazards associated with obstruction."
The exclusion zone map (p11) includes at least part of Station Avenue.
Plus, I was told that seeing dogs can't understand A boards. Therefore I assume they can't understand temporary signage either. I have asked the Council: "Please tell me who at CYC I can ask for a blanket ban on non-essential signage on pavements/cycle lanes/highways."
I also believe the Council must immediately remove its own signs immediately after use and fine companies that do not, to avoid hazards in public spaces and reducing the attractiveness and viability of the public realm for active travel (see: #175803, #175134, #170130). Later images this issue and links: #183617, #183638. Other images here today: #175804, #175805 and links.

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