big blue signs

I have heard there is a fuss about large blue street signs in Leaside, as they are making new consistent street-signage in Toronto. If the signs are as big as they sound, maybe I will be able to drive around Toronto, finding the street I need more easily than when the signs are teeny and white, if the intersection has street signs at all. When you are on busy Bloor Street, peering across several lanes of traffic, to see a small black and white street sign meant for a small town street with 2 lanes of traffic, or meant for pedestrians, it’s kind of nerve-wracking. How fun is it to try to go around the block again, because you missed the street? I say “try” because that’s not always fun what when you run into one-way streets in the process. If you are complaining that we don’t need big signs, maybe it’s because you’ve lived here for 5874958273 years and you know where all the streets are anyhow.

Not sure if this is the type of sign they’re complaining about, but here’s an example. See the small signs? :)

6 Comments so far

  1. jafer (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 12:59 pm

    I could ue the big street signs. Even though I’m from Toronto, I don’t know even half the areas here. If I’ve never lived near or worked near, then I don’t know them.

    And once you get a certain age (?) bigger street signs are good. Not to mention that there are streets in the city where there are no signs at all.

  2. Laura (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 2:08 pm

    It would be nice to get some of those old signs. I wonder if anyone has thought to do that?

    I’ve driven in the city a few times, the signs can not be BIG enough. I know some streets but downtown you can’t hope the big intersections will actually be big. Sometimes a high traffic street is deceptively small. A big neon sign saying “turn here” would be a good thing. :)

  3. shy (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 7:51 pm

    i need big signs. everywhere. i’m not confident in unfamiliar areas and bigger signs would be god-sent.

    i also like it in mississauga’s residential area where there are 2 streets signs for every street. one before hitting the intersection and the other one right at the intersection. it just takes so much out of the guess-work.

    god bless big signs.

  4. Hans in Toronto (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 3:10 pm

    I don’t think the blue signs are what people are complaining about. Those signs are only on major arterials, not on side streets. I believe they’re actually talking about the new street signs that are replacing the current ones that are cheaper and larger, designed to look like a rip-off the the classic Toronto street sign. I could be wrong, tho.

    Brett Lamb has an editorial cartoon about the signs:

  5. tammy (unregistered) on September 25th, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

    I think big signs are great! They help people with poor eyesight very much. The old signs are too small.

  6. Alan (unregistered) on October 18th, 2005 @ 3:27 pm

    The big blue signs on major roads are fine – it’s the cheap rip-off replacements of the old City of Toronto signs that are offensive: ugly skinny typeface & they’re too big for small streets & too small for big streets. They are a design disaster. Complain now! Otherwise you’ll be looking at them every day for the rest of your life…

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