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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Are you confused by too many road signs?
Montage of road signs
Are you confused by the signs on the roads?

Increasing numbers of signs and barriers on our streets are actually making them more dangerous according to the government's advisor on urban design and public space.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) says better planning by local authorities would help to de-clutter our streets and make them safer.

"We're not suggesting that removing them all is the answer," says CABE director Sarah Gaventa.

We're not suggesting removing them all is the answer
Sarah Gaventa, CABE
"But for too long we've been designing streets for traffic - they've become, noisy, congested and cluttered, with people herded behind traffic barriers, ostensibly for their own benefit."
Lots of signs on the road
Which sign should you follow? We want to hear your experiences

Her organisation is calling for streets to be redesigned so they work for both pedestrians and motorists.

They want local authorities, highways designers and developers to question whether installing barriers and signage to keep the pedestrians and traffic apart is actually making people safer.


Are there too many road signs where you live? What about road markings - are they confusing? Do you think there's a problem with street furniture and other signage where you live? Do you even know what all the road signs mean? We want to hear from you - contact us using the form below.

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