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Offline Trygve Roberts

Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« on: July 16, 2020, 08:06:08 pm »


I know many of you are going to get peed off about this, but we ask you to think really carefully about it.

This week we have a look at the rich history of Andrew Bain's 1853 masterpiece, but perhaps a more controversial issue is the application of stickers on road signs. Our entry on our Facebook page on this issue raised many comments. Some say it's a great culture - why not? Others say it's vandalism. Fact is it is the same as painting your name on a rock or carving it into a tree.  All this came about when we (MPSA) recently acquired the assets and rights of the company, Cape Mountain Passes. These include the 54 mountain pass summit sign information boards, which have been around for about a decade and are starting to look a bit worse for the wear. We are systematically refurbishing the signs and believe me its a lot of work and costs a lot of money. The vast majority of stickers have been applied by bikers.

 The signs have stickers/decals which in many cases damage the substrate when being removed. There is graffiti (Mostly scratched into the brown background and of course bullet holes which are impossible to repair. We cover them with a small patch of vinyl. It costs about R1000 in material alone and another R1000 for fuel and labour for the signs more than 150 km from Cape Town. If everyone respected the road signs (not their property to destroy) the boards would last for a very long time and maintenance would be minimal.

 The subculture of sticking stickers on signs started a long time ago in the States and spread all over the world.  The fact is that its vandalism.  A number of interesting solutions have been proposed:
 1. Erect a sacrificial blank sign under the main sign for stickers. (This costs more money)
 2. Change the subculture to get stickers placed behind the signs. (Brilliant solution but people that like stickers like them to be seen)
 3. Auction the old boards off as memorabilia and use those funds to erect new boards. (A new board will cost around R20,000 to be built and erected)
 4. Information campaign creating awareness that its not OK to put decals on road signs. (Probably the right thing to do)
 5. Create a fostering campaign where individuals can sponsor the maintenance of a sign for a 5 year cycle and benefit from advertising on the MPSA site and social media pages.

 Feel free to voice your opinion. We'd like to hear them.

Late edit: For those who feel it's OK to put a sticker on a private or public signboard - How would you feel if we put a sticker on your bike's petrol tank without your permission? (There would be outrage right?). Just think about it in that context and you will see the light. It's definitely not OK when the shoe is on the other foot.

https://mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/news/item/1629-latest-news-16th-july,-2020.html
« Last Edit: July 23, 2020, 05:34:22 pm by Trygve Roberts »
 

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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2020, 05:52:27 am »
What about putting a thin sheet of transparent Perspex over a new sign, and say every 5 years the sheet gets replaced? Sell off the old sheet with stickers as memorabilia?
 

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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2020, 06:16:56 am »
It also makes my hair stand on end.

Its vandalism, plain and simple.
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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2020, 06:34:20 am »
Its my peoples,the maplotters. They like sticking stickers and I like seeing fellow wilddog stickers in remote places.
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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2020, 07:00:14 am »
You write very diplomatically, Trygve. The fact of the matter is simply that people who do this need some way of expressing their elation at their conquest of a given road, pass, etc. This feeling is quite understandable. However, those same people have a lack of respect for the property of others, and a shortage of insight into the effort and cost it takes to keep these signs maintained.

The idea of perspex is noble, but reflection of the sun at certain times may render it dangerous.

Alas there is no solution for prevention of such behaviour, short sighted idiots will always be with us. Your idea of sponsorship will simply let these idiots feel even more entitled to putting their stickers everywhere. It is unfortunately not only road signs that are targets.

A campaign that discourages this is a good idea, tied to the idea of another blank board below the sign specifically for stickers. Yes, it costs more, but probably still cheaper than replacement of the original sign.
 

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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2020, 07:17:41 am »
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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2020, 07:31:39 am »
catch one twatwaffle , cut off his head in public ....... problem solved
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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2020, 09:00:36 am »
The idea of perspex is noble, but reflection of the sun at certain times may render it dangerous.

True, maybe one gets a matt finished type or similar. I think the dangers with the possibility of reflection is little since these signs are often on slow driven scenic gravel routes and not high speed freeways.
 

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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2020, 09:39:25 am »
The idea of perspex is noble, but reflection of the sun at certain times may render it dangerous.

True, maybe one gets a matt finished type or similar. I think the dangers with the possibility of reflection is little since these signs are often on slow driven scenic gravel routes and not high speed freeways.
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Re: Stickers & Graffiti on road signs
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2020, 12:35:07 pm »
Perspex is expensive.. plenty so!

I'm paying around R720 - R750 a sq metre for 3mm thick...
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