Art to Slow Down Cars

Sculptor Steven Woodward's latest art project is a set of traffic signs, made from the same material as normal signs, but with pictures designed to slow traffic. Some feature pictures of people, others are based on cave art or animals, like the one pictured here. They were installed on Hamline and Thomas Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota. Did they slow traffic?
"As I understand it, there was no change in traffic vehicular speeds whatsoever," he said.

Traffic on Hamline didn't change. With and without the signs, speeds were 33 miles per hour northbound and 34 miles per hour southbound. It was a similar story on Thomas Avenue. Eastbound speeds averaged 32 miles per hour with and without the signs. The westbound traffic slowed only slightly when the art signs were posted from 34 to 33 miles per hour.

However, traffic engineers did not take into account that the state fair was in full swing during the testing period. The signs will soon be moved to George Street for another go. Link -Thanks, panodk!

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I think that after you see them say, two times, you are going to stop paying attention to them. Just like the speed limit signs... They are actually moving the sign some place else to see how it "works" there. Guess the only good thing is that it was paid for by7 grants and things like that..
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