A warning sign:
Letting you know that a stop sign is ahead (26 paces ahead at this particular location):
How necessary are these signs? They’re nice too, pretty DELUXE for the biking community. Maybe too nice. Solar powered at that. But what on Earth do you need a stop sign to have electricity for? To have it illuminated with flashing LEDs of course. I’m no electrical engineer or solar energy scientist, but seeing all the tree branches and such above the panels might inhibit some energy transfer. (I could be wrong on that point, I’m not sure—seems counter-intuitive at least, especially in cloudy Seattle.)
I’ve heard there are many of these cropping up on the Burke-Gilman trail here in Seattle. They have the look and feel of being expensive.
I hope they weren’t so expensive that any other improvements or extensions to the trail aren’t being sidelined. I admittedly don’t ride the trail very often—it just doesn’t go where I need to go—but I do believe that some other improvements could happen that might allow cyclists to enjoy the trail more (read: extensions into Ballard, smoothing tree routes up north, eliminating private driveway stop signs, etc.) rather than adding more impediments to their travel.
Am I looking a gift horse in the mouth? Or is this some placating bone to silence Seattle’s cyclists? As in, “Look how much money we’ve thrown into ‘improving’ the Burke!”