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(The Bolton News)   Residents baffled after 125 foot long dead end street gets 30 mph speed limit sign   (theboltonnews.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-01-24 11:40:15 AM  
DOT rules are DOT rules.
 
2014-01-24 11:56:36 AM  
To be fair, I drive on a narrow, twisty ring road around a lake that is posted at 35 mph (way too fast), but residents tell me the county snow trucks won't plow it if it's posted any slower.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-01-24 12:37:20 PM  
it's supposed to be an UPPER limit.  It's not like a target to shoot for.
 
2014-01-24 12:44:22 PM  
Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?
 
2014-01-24 01:04:38 PM  
www.biography.com
 
2014-01-24 01:04:45 PM  

Gig103: Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?


It is because they are only slightly less backwards hicks than Americans.
 
2014-01-24 01:07:18 PM  
Beiber and his Lamborghini?
 
2014-01-24 01:10:12 PM  
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2014-01-24 01:11:51 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: DOT rules are DOT rules.


I think in this case it'd be MOTH rules (Ministry of Transportation and Highways) if there's much commonality between Canada and mainland UK.
 
2014-01-24 01:12:27 PM  
What a drag that must be.
 
2014-01-24 01:14:59 PM  
Notlob
 
2014-01-24 01:15:32 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-24 01:15:43 PM  

Gig103: Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?


I think their law specs mi/hr, nation wide.
 
2014-01-24 01:16:08 PM  

Gig103: Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?


Because 30 mile/hour is about 50 kilometre/hour.
 
2014-01-24 01:18:05 PM  
That's a stupid amount of signage, which is actually the point of the article. The 30 mph street only gets minor mention, and it's a good point to bring up, too. Why is a 125 ft road got a HIGHER speed limit than the through streets that lead to it?
 
2014-01-24 01:23:19 PM  
I snapped a pic of an intersection nearby where there's a 20 and 25 mph limit signs with in 100 yards of each other. In between those signs is an electronic speed limit sign that would change depending on time. So depending on the time of day and your field of view the limit could be 15, 20, 25, or 30 mph. Or three of those at once.

/lost the pic
 
2014-01-24 01:24:42 PM  
Imagine the speed in Notlob.
 
2014-01-24 01:26:31 PM  

vpb: it's supposed to be an UPPER limit.  It's not like a target to shoot for.


AH HA!  It was YOU in front of me on the expressway doing 20 under this morning.
 
2014-01-24 01:30:05 PM  
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The stopping part might be tricky tho.
 
2014-01-24 01:31:41 PM  
I don't know anything about this town of Bolton, but it seems like a quiet little burg, until you see the other headlines.

There was a "horror crash," there are "knife-wielding robbers," then there was another "horror crash."  The town is apparently full of "prolific beggars," they have a problem with "mice infestations," and people are "plunging from bridges."

A "driver 'mowed down' police officer," there's an "'Organised' gang of thieves stealing money from toy shops," and "anti-fracking protesters who glued themselves to pumps were at wrong petrol station."

I shuddered when I read that a "British schoolboy [was] told he is technically Italian."

And, most disturbing, a "traffic warden [was] sacked for having golliwog keyring(!)"

Quite the place, Bolton is.
 
2014-01-24 01:32:11 PM  
It's a pun.
 
2014-01-24 01:34:12 PM  
In the town where I grew up, there was a road that was about 4 car-lengths long that connected two other roads. Each end of the road had a stop sign, and in the middle was a speed limit sign that said 50km/h. Every time my friend drove down that road, he would consider that speed limit sign a challenge.
 
2014-01-24 01:42:28 PM  

VelcroFez: To be fair, I drive on a narrow, twisty ring road around a lake that is posted at 35 mph (way too fast), but residents tell me the county snow trucks won't plow it if it's posted any slower.


Until a few years ago the dragon had a 55 mph speed limit even though you are gonna do much more than 20 in a car
 
2014-01-24 01:43:29 PM  

DerAppie: Because 30 mile/hour is about 50 kilometre/hour.


I understand that, I was asking why a number within a red circle isn't representative of "30kph". Are road signs still in miles in the UK? Or just the speed limit signs?
 
2014-01-24 01:45:20 PM  
I drive the speed limit, much to the chagrin of most people around me, and surprisingly have never had a speeding ticket.

/LSB
 
2014-01-24 01:45:55 PM  
the 30 mph sign was put up on this 38 metre long back street.

Aha!  I knew  something was not right here.
 
2014-01-24 01:49:36 PM  

Gig103: Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?


From what I've found out from my Brit friends, the UK is for all practical purposes a hodgepodge of metric and old Imperial units.  So someone might give their height in metres/ centimetres, their weight in 'stone', and tell you the post office is a mile down the road.  Petrol is sold by the litre, but beer still by the pint.

/On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.
 
2014-01-24 01:52:01 PM  

Mikey1969: That's a stupid amount of signage, which is actually the point of the article. The 30 mph street only gets minor mention, and it's a good point to bring up, too. Why is a 125 ft road got a HIGHER speed limit than the through streets that lead to it?


America leads the industrial world in both traffic accidents and traffic signs per mile.  No coincidence at all.

I keep waiting for the signs to tell me that there is a sign coming up to warn me about the stop sign two blocks ahead.  We need it to keep the children safe.  THE CHILDREN.
 
2014-01-24 01:52:36 PM  

Gig103: Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?


They gave up halfway through. Kind of like how they kept the pound Sterling, but locked it's value to the Euro.

I've been told it's because they can never decide if they want to be part of Europe or not.

Plus, they all but invented this shiat and the French invented the Metric System. If there's one thing I've learned from European history it's that England's hobby for at least the last 2000 years has been hating the French.
 
2014-01-24 01:59:47 PM  

FLMountainMan: Mikey1969: That's a stupid amount of signage, which is actually the point of the article. The 30 mph street only gets minor mention, and it's a good point to bring up, too. Why is a 125 ft road got a HIGHER speed limit than the through streets that lead to it?

America leads the industrial world in both traffic accidents and traffic signs per mile. No coincidence at all.

I keep waiting for the signs to tell me that there is a sign coming up to warn me about the stop sign two blocks ahead.  We need it to keep the children safe.  THE CHILDREN.


I would be interested in seeing these two databases and the methodology behind them.  Do you have a cite?
 
2014-01-24 01:59:54 PM  
www.papermag.com
 
2014-01-24 02:06:17 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-24 02:06:42 PM  

RickN99: FLMountainMan: Mikey1969: That's a stupid amount of signage, which is actually the point of the article. The 30 mph street only gets minor mention, and it's a good point to bring up, too. Why is a 125 ft road got a HIGHER speed limit than the through streets that lead to it?

America leads the industrial world in both traffic accidents and traffic signs per mile.  No coincidence at all.

I keep waiting for the signs to tell me that there is a sign coming up to warn me about the stop sign two blocks ahead.  We need it to keep the children safe.  THE CHILDREN.

I would be interested in seeing these two databases and the methodology behind them.  Do you have a cite?


My rectal cavity.
 
2014-01-24 02:09:33 PM  

DrunkWithImpotence: From what I've found out from my Brit friends, the UK is for all practical purposes a hodgepodge of metric and old Imperial units.  So someone might give their height in metres/ centimetres, their weight in 'stone', and tell you the post office is a mile down the road.  Petrol is sold by the litre, but beer still by the pint.


Sounds like Canada. Bottles of alcohol are sold in millilitres but they're still commonly referred to by their content in ounces. Beer in cans or bottles is millilitres, but when it is draft served in a glass or pitcher, its pints/ounces. Gas is sold by the litre, travel distance measured in kilometres, but I am 5'10" tall and measure my weight in pounds.
 
2014-01-24 02:10:06 PM  
i236.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-24 02:11:16 PM  

DrunkWithImpotence: Gig103: Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?

From what I've found out from my Brit friends, the UK is for all practical purposes a hodgepodge of metric and old Imperial units.  So someone might give their height in metres/ centimetres, their weight in 'stone', and tell you the post office is a mile down the road.  Petrol is sold by the litre, but beer still by the pint.

/On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.


It has improved in Canada over my lifetime, but we have a lot of the same.

What is worse is that you will also find a mixture of US and UK traditional measures. For example, without qualification a "ton" can be 2000 (American), 2200 (metric), or 2240 (British) pounds, and I used to see all three in common usage. Gallon is the other one it used to come up in, but litre seems to have taken over pretty thoroughly (only ever hear "gallon" in reference to 4 litre jugs of milk, since the crazy people on the west coast don't have bags).
 
2014-01-24 02:14:18 PM  

FLMountainMan: Mikey1969: That's a stupid amount of signage, which is actually the point of the article. The 30 mph street only gets minor mention, and it's a good point to bring up, too. Why is a 125 ft road got a HIGHER speed limit than the through streets that lead to it?

America leads the industrial world in both traffic accidents and traffic signs per mile.  No coincidence at all.

I keep waiting for the signs to tell me that there is a sign coming up to warn me about the stop sign two blocks ahead.  We need it to keep the children safe.  THE CHILDREN.


And then they have other shiat like those 'Right lane must turn right' signs when your Lane suddenly ends that are tiny and generic and are also located so much at the last possible second that unless you know the intersection, you stand an even chance of having to turn and then flip a U turn to get back where you were...
 
2014-01-24 02:18:25 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Gig103: Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?

They gave up halfway through. Kind of like how they kept the pound Sterling, but locked it's value to the Euro.

I've been told it's because they can never decide if they want to be part of Europe or not.

Plus, they all but invented this shiat and the French invented the Metric System. If there's one thing I've learned from European history it's that England's hobby for at least the last 2000 years has been hating the French.


The Pound Sterling still freely floats against the Euro. In the past month, the value of the Pound has risen from 1.20 Euros to 1.22 Euros.
 
2014-01-24 02:18:36 PM  
30 MPH?!?

Oh.

my.

god.
 
2014-01-24 02:22:16 PM  

mile0: [img.fark.net image 154x303]


 Damn. Beat me to it.
 
2014-01-24 02:22:30 PM  

RickN99: FLMountainMan: Mikey1969: That's a stupid amount of signage, which is actually the point of the article. The 30 mph street only gets minor mention, and it's a good point to bring up, too. Why is a 125 ft road got a HIGHER speed limit than the through streets that lead to it?

America leads the industrial world in both traffic accidents and traffic signs per mile.  No coincidence at all.

I keep waiting for the signs to tell me that there is a sign coming up to warn me about the stop sign two blocks ahead.  We need it to keep the children safe.  THE CHILDREN.

I would be interested in seeing these two databases and the methodology behind them.  Do you have a cite?


Who would have guessed that the most auto-centric culture in the world is a leader in accidents and traffic signs?
 
GBB
2014-01-24 02:33:49 PM  

mile0: [img.fark.net image 154x303]


What that sign needs is a digital clock, stuck flashing 12:00
 
2014-01-24 02:42:17 PM  

dywed88: The Irresponsible Captain: Gig103: Wait, serious question - I thought the UK went metric decades ago, and those are the same speed limit signs across Europe. So why isn't it 30kph?

They gave up halfway through. Kind of like how they kept the pound Sterling, but locked it's value to the Euro.

I've been told it's because they can never decide if they want to be part of Europe or not.

Plus, they all but invented this shiat and the French invented the Metric System. If there's one thing I've learned from European history it's that England's hobby for at least the last 2000 years has been hating the French.

The Pound Sterling still freely floats against the Euro. In the past month, the value of the Pound has risen from 1.20 Euros to 1.22 Euros.


Well, Fark. *checks Wikipedia* I thought they locked 'em up a few years back. I can't imagine what I was thinking of, then.
 
2014-01-24 02:43:10 PM  

KidneyStone: The Bolton News?

Well, I'm a big Bolton News fan!  So, uh, which article would you say is your favorite?


My name is Sam Tyler. I was in an accident.
 
2014-01-24 02:46:55 PM  
Farkin up the scenery, breakin my mind.
 
2014-01-24 02:47:43 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Quite the place, Bolton is.


It prefers to be called Mike.
 
2014-01-24 03:00:57 PM  

FLMountainMan: Mikey1969: That's a stupid amount of signage, which is actually the point of the article. The 30 mph street only gets minor mention, and it's a good point to bring up, too. Why is a 125 ft road got a HIGHER speed limit than the through streets that lead to it?

America leads the industrial world in both traffic accidents and traffic signs per mile.  No coincidence at all.

I keep waiting for the signs to tell me that there is a sign coming up to warn me about the stop sign two blocks ahead.  We need it to keep the children safe.  THE CHILDREN.


As well we should. More than 1/4 of all automobiles world-wide are in the United States. The only country within shouting distance is China.
 
2014-01-24 03:08:15 PM  

Baloo Uriza: Three Crooked Squirrels: Quite the place, Bolton is.

It prefers to be called Mike.


Fark Honda so hard.

/the holiday season was especially unwatchable this time around
 
2014-01-24 03:13:22 PM  

Akabander: Baloo Uriza: Three Crooked Squirrels: Quite the place, Bolton is.

It prefers to be called Mike.

Fark Honda so hard.

/the holiday season was especially unwatchable this time around


cdn2.business2community.com
 
2014-01-24 03:13:32 PM  
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baffled.
 
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