The main thing about road signs is that they’re not supposed to be funny – which makes the following examples all the more amusing! It’s easy to imagine a group of gloomy civil servants debating whether or not the bike on the sign should have a cyclist on it, but these 20 images prove that even those in charge of our roads have a sense of humour.
One rural American demographic even had a road named after it. By the look of things, the sign has proven to be such a novelty that it’s had to be secured to the post with a length wire.
Edinburgh’s streets are old, narrow and extremely crowded, especially near Waverley Railway Station where this photo was taken. This can make road-crossing treacherous for drivers and pedestrians alike. But what exactly is this sign getting at? Is it warning pedestrians to be vigilant, or telling drivers to aim for the tourist?
He’s an unfortunate irony – or perhaps the result of a road maintenance worker with a sense of humour? Either way, the “end” result is clear.
This one could be an extreme case of stating the obvious. Or it could be the work of the British Health and Safety Executive, a feared non-departmental public body that will soon have smothered Brits confined to their homes because there’s always the risk of being randomly struck by lightning if one sets foot outside…
Fierce advertising! This is an interesting “tell it like it is” approach to tackling the problem of drunks behind the wheel. Which brings us to the picture at the top of this article, showing an inebriated individual crawling across a road with a bottle of, presumably, booze. By all accounts road safety chiefs in certain areas have become so fed-up of drunks getting flattened by cars that they’ve put signs up to warn drivers. Find out more here.
Sage advice! And these are the people who are in charge of our roads…
Isn’t the drawing on the sign wearing a helmet? Or maybe this is how Clark Kent gets off his bike?
“THIS IS SPARTA!” Absolutely priceless. Enough said.
Slightly ominous… It’s bad luck that the non-Spartan chap in the previous picture didn’t see this one first!
What’s with the bubbles?
This isn’t the kind of sign you’d expect to see on an average bike track…
Most helpful! So…… where is Tahquitz Canyon?
Does this mean that if you’re marginally under 9 feet high the planes will just about miss you? If so, it’s not very comforting. Perhaps a phone number would be useful, unless ground control is a common number in the address book of every local resident…
Sounds more like something Han Solo would come out with than the local highway gurus.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
Maybe these trucks are the “monsters” mentioned in the sign painted on the previous bike trail (above)?
Admittedly photoshopped but nevertheless amusing – and probably more true to life!
The above highlights a couple of straight talking – and enterprising – establishments. Clearly the owners are of the no nonsense variety.
And finally, not a road sign but a place name, and definitely an old favourite! What possessed founders to name this small town on the Orkney Islands “Twatt” is unclear, but it has provided an enormous amount of entertainment to visitor if not local. Perhaps that’s because the locals are referred to as… Well, you get the picture! If not, click here.
For more funny signs and place names, don’t miss Lesser Spotted Britain: Quirky Signpost Photography by Dominic Greyer.