Saturday, 1 January 2011


The metaphysics of traffic signing are among the great philosophical challenges of our time, wouldn’t you say?

I didn’t notice this sign when this section of the cycling-friendly A112 was full of slush and ice, and it would be very Waltham Forest to stick it up once all the snow and ice had melted. But in any case, why here? This location is no different to any other as far as the weather is concerned. Indeed, the A roads always clear much faster than the side roads.

It would be much better to put signs like these on the borough’s off-road cycle paths, with the additional words: NO GRIT EVER USED ON CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE.