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Anyone else notice some weird signs in the Dearborn PBL just south of Washington this morning? They say "Stop for Pedestrians" or something like that. They are sitting on the ground in the bike lane. I didn't stop to investigate closely, but I don't think there's even a curb cut there? It struck me as a bit strange. It was right by the Blue Line entrance/exit (on the west side of Dearborn obviously).

Anyone know if this is a CDOT initiative?

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If the signs still say "stop for pedestrians," then they still should not be there.

Anne Alt said:

Here's what I saw this evening - better. I also noticed that the valet who was working at the time was watching for approaching bikes and waiting before fully opening the car door to avoid dooring anyone. :)

oh :))  Sorry I didn't get it.  I take it back then :))

h' 1.0 said:

Oh Ferchris-sake it was supposed to be a joke.

Julie Hochstadter said:

It just worked for me on my phone.

h' 1.0 said:

I can't wait to view this (with curtains drawn) when I get home-- sounds juicy.

 



Will G - 10mi said:

Justin.....Justin, would you please stand up? That was fast.

http://justinhaugens.tumblr.com/post/50510526843/hey-chicagodot-wha...

No, they shouldn't be there, but having them on the curb is still better than blocking the lane.  A "watch for peds" message would be more appropriate.

Alex Z said:

If the signs still say "stop for pedestrians," then they still should not be there.

Anne Alt said:

Here's what I saw this evening - better. I also noticed that the valet who was working at the time was watching for approaching bikes and waiting before fully opening the car door to avoid dooring anyone. :)

I think a "watch for bikes" sign would be more appropriate. :D

I promise to continue to kick them as I ride by.  I salute the valet for providing me entertainment.

The signs were gone as of this morning – not even on the sidewalk. It's possible that the owner just took them inside. If I see them again this afternoon, I might throw them in the trash.

Yeah, that was my guess, too.

Cameron 7.5 mi said:

They're probably only out when the restaurant is open.

I would recommend avoiding a confrontation. 

 

Ideally someone with an "open" trailer would have an assistant riding behind them who would swiftly scoop the signs and bricks into the trailer and continue on. Are the signs too big to be cut into readable spoke cards?

Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

The signs were gone as of this morning – not even on the sidewalk. It's possible that the owner just took them inside. If I see them again this afternoon, I might throw them in the trash.

I went to the area to check it out today at lunch time. The signs are back, not in the bike lane, but on either side of the lanes, one on the sidewalk and one in the diagonal striped area on the east. I noticed on Anne's picture (and in person today) that there are vehicles illegally parking/standing/unloading on the diagonal striped area. I'd like to know why they aren't being ticketed, or why there are no signs placed in the middle of that spot to keep motor vehicles out, in order to help bicyclists and pedestrians? This area needs to be clear for visibility purposes, as there is an alley right there, and drivers of turning vehicles can't see the bicyclists (and vice versa). Also, if there weren't motor vehicles illegally parked/standing there, it would increase the mutual visibility of pedestrians and bicyclists. We need more enforcement for the illegal parking/standing. We also need better markings on the lane itself, and additional markings, giving all users a better heads up. We also need those promised curbs built ASAP, because once the diagonal striped area is a raised "sidewalk", drivers won't be able to commandeer it so easily. 

The signs are there only when the restaurant is open. They're using the striped zone as their valet area - less than delightful. I'm glad that they at least seem to have some awareness about dooring, but this creates a big blind spot for any traffic that might turn into the alley, as way too many of the vehicle in that valet zone are huge SUVs.

Michelle Stenzel said:

I went to the area to check it out today at lunch time. The signs are back, not in the bike lane, but on either side of the lanes, one on the sidewalk and one in the diagonal striped area on the east. I noticed on Anne's picture (and in person today) that there are vehicles illegally parking/standing/unloading on the diagonal striped area. I'd like to know why they aren't being ticketed, or why there are no signs placed in the middle of that spot to keep motor vehicles out, in order to help bicyclists and pedestrians? This area needs to be clear for visibility purposes, as there is an alley right there, and drivers of turning vehicles can't see the bicyclists (and vice versa). Also, if there weren't motor vehicles illegally parked/standing there, it would increase the mutual visibility of pedestrians and bicyclists. We need more enforcement for the illegal parking/standing. We also need better markings on the lane itself, and additional markings, giving all users a better heads up. We also need those promised curbs built ASAP, because once the diagonal striped area is a raised "sidewalk", drivers won't be able to commandeer it so easily. 

This is still illegal. They are not allowed to place signs in the roadway, even if it's in a no-parking striped area. Hell, I'm pretty sure that placing them on the sidewalk is also illegal, since those sandwich boards you see everywhere are technically illegal.

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