Children's Crossing Signs in Spitsbergen
The old style Children's crossing sign really is the dream
of any road sign collector: although a bit static still a very nice, sweet drawing, and done with attention to
detail. Notice the faces, the hand of the girl, and the girl's hair cut with propeller
— Monsieur Jean
can't wait to try the same out in his salon
The same design can also still be found in Norway.
At first I was a bit disappointed when it came out that the
warning signs near the school of the Russian settlement Barentsburg and those from Longyearbyen
were identical. I thought it was a clear example of the way of least effort.
But then it dawned upon me that it was the better choice indeed.
Imagine they had chosen the Russian design: the unpeople with
That would have really been disappointing.
Longyearbyen may then be remote and difficult to reach
— certainly when SAS pilots are on strike — that doesn't stop
the arrival of more modern road signs. And the result is always the same:
we have to accept that modern road signs show less detail and look uglier overall.
The sign for a shared pedestrian and bicycle path is a good illustration.
It is therefore no wonder that local people are planting
alternative (de)signs in response. We notice it here but also in several other countries: e.g.
New Caledonia, Hungary,
It is an endearing board, I agree, but there is a problem with it. Read the discussion in Sweden.
Kjør Sakte – Barn Leker
= Drive slowly – Children playing.