Ei mopoille= not for mopeds
Some short hints from the team's fieldguide.
|If you find this sign and you notice
|then you are in
|• rain pouring down and
• workmen desperately trying to put up an umbrella
|• pumice stone chafing your ears
|• a horizon littered with piramids
|• workers not wearing wellingtons and
• hyenas crossing your path
But this kind — which is a member of the so called U.K group of signs— is found in Iran, South Africa, Iceland and many other countries. We find them on many places in the northern hemisphere and also well south of the equator.
The widespread use makes this type of roadsigns close to useless as a localisation tool. Globalisation is hitting us again.
Jeesiönrannan yläaste— is very different. It was retired in 1974.
The children do not hold hands. They are running, not walking. The boy is tallest and carries a bookbag.
It is located in front of the Vuotso elementary school. The sign includes words PYSÄHDY (stop) and VARO (look out). Also a small inscription TALJA can be read. Talja was a traffic security oriented organization until the 1980's. The sign probably dates from the 1960's.
This roadsign is interesting in several aspects.
+ The general approach is very peculiar.
Usually signs are designed from the car's viewpoint. They warn for objects or people that could be in the way. This sign shows the dangerous situation: the possible victims and the target of the message. A similar approach was seen in Ireland.
We have no reports of similar signs in any other country. We have other finds where children are shown playing, but then the toy of choice —if there is one shown— is always a ball (e.g. Canada, Trinidad & Tobago). On some rare occasion the ball comes with another toy: a hoop like in Costa Rica or a jump rope like in Bulgaria.
We've seen it before in these pages: road signs exist in society, are influenced by them and can even betray underground currents. An official must have identified the dangerous situation and devised a warning sign for it.
The board is remarkable, and so is the combination with the other signs on the same pole. At the top we have the youthful smartphone addicts with the caption
Mobile People. Is that
People who are mobile, or
People are into mobile? In both cases there is contrast with the sign below: those are the bent over elders,
from Great Britain. Not particularly mobile and almost certainly not addicted to it.
Anyway, we are happy with this new design. All the more so because Finland has also modernized its road signs. The board that came into effect in 1974 (start of this page) is no longer used from 2020. It is replaced by a tasteless drawing, almost identical to the modern warning signs from Germany.