Motorists are slamming new “overly lavish” nautical road markings to encourage cycling as a “shocking waste of money” and a distraction for drivers
- Officials in Poole painted dolphins and seashells along the busy A350 route
- The nautical decorations guide pedestrians and cyclists through the city
- However, security groups fear that the colorful markings could distract motorists
Security groups have slammed a council for painting seashells and dolphins on a road, warning that they are a “shocking waste of money” and a dangerous distraction for drivers.
Officials in Poole, Dorset, have painted green and blue dolphins and shells along a busy stretch of the A350 as part of a new pathfinding project.
The nautical decorations are linked to new signpost totem signs that guide pedestrians and cyclists to historical parts of the port city.
A city councilor said the art would “create a new sense of intrigue, engagement and place” – but motorists fear the colorful markings could lead to more road accidents by distracting drivers from them.
New road markings by seashells and dolphins to encourage cycling have been cited as a “shocking waste of money” and a distraction for drivers
Officials in Poole, Dorset, have painted the green and blue nautical decorations along a busy stretch of the A350
The colorful markings tie in with new signpost totem signs that guide pedestrians and cyclists to historic parts of the port city
Simon Williams, a traffic safety spokesman for the RAC, said, “This seems like a shocking waste of money, especially since most visitors put their destination into a sat nav before leaving.
“We believe there can be no potholes in Poole to repair when the council has enough money to make these overly expensive road markings.
“There is also a real danger that drivers will see dolphins and seashells around them instead of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.”
Jack Cousens, Head of Roads Policy for the AA, added, “Painting coastal pictures on the roads could be either a hazard or an unintended road safety aid on Poole’s roads.
“If road users spend too much time admiring the artwork, it can be a distraction, especially for tourists trying to find their way around the city.
“As much as it is necessary to keep their eyes on the road, drivers also have to use their mirrors and watch out for potential hazards.”
The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council would not say exactly how much money was being spent on the new road markings, but said they were part of a wider £ 9.6 million improvement program.
Some residents were also critical.
Tony Boden said, ‘This is a stupid idea. Road signs should be kept to a minimum to avoid unnecessary distractions and accidents for drivers and pedestrians. “
Eunice Marsden added, “These will only distract drivers and wonder what they mean to traffic.
“They are sure to be attractive to children who see the area as a playground rather than a street. They are both dangerous and a bug. ‘
Car groups fear the signs could lead to more road accidents as drivers will focus on them rather than other cars
The markings were co-funded by the government’s Transforming Cities Fund.
The signs were designed by the award-winning London design agency Dallas-Pierce-Quintero.
In addition to the controversial markers and wayfinding totems, street art and street furniture will also be on display to celebrate Poole’s legacy in shipbuilding, manufacturing, and brewing.
Councilor Mike Greene, BCP Council’s chief transportation officer and sustainability officer, said, “The signpost totems are designed to encourage residents and visitors to walk and cycle.
“By providing clear information, the maps show how quick and easy it is to travel on foot or bike to access local amenities and explore the neighborhood.
‘The art in public space will create a new sense of intrigue, engagement and place. This way, residents and visitors alike can learn more about what makes the city so special. ‘
MailOnline approached Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council for comments.