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    Tuesday, May 13, 2008

    Tuesday Talkback

    Those squirrelly moaners...
     
    "For all the thoughtless motorists who intentionally disregard squirrel-crossing signs: Wake up! It's not like communities can afford tunnels under the road." - Cleveland Heights
     
    I can't say I've ever even seen a squirrel-crossing sign, let alone ever taken the opportunity to disregard (or obey) one.  Has anyone ever seen one?  And if you have, any idea whether it was an official sign or a sign put up privately?  That is, if you Google "squirrel crossing sign," you'll find all sorts of signs you can purchase for the squirrel enthusiast you know.  
     
    So, is this moaner a squirrel lover who bought a sign, nailed it on a pole in front of her house, and is mad that people aren't -- I don't know -- slamming on their brakes and jamming up traffic just in case a squirrel should happen to dart out into the street?  And if any governmental authority has ever erected a squirrel crossing sign, what criteria compelled that installation at that particular spot?  This moaner seems to think, or at least suggest, that a community might even consider, but for the cost, the idea of building tunnels for squirrels to safely cross.  Really? 
     
    If anyone has ever seen a squirrel crossing sign, in Cleveland Heights or anywhere else, please let me know where you've seen it. 
     
    If anyone has ever had a problem dodging or running over squirrels in a street, I'd like to know that too, and where you've had that occur.  In other words -- are there places where such signs arguably should be installed?  No one should want to run over a squirrel, whether you are an animal lover or just don't want to wreck your tires.

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    Blogger gomezfive said ... (12:35 PM, May 13, 2008) : 

    i did notice that your blog is now the #2 google result under the squirrel x-ing sign search. that's pretty cool.

    about 5 results down, i found a group in MN that is petitioning the state to institute squirrel xing signs for busier roadways (100 vehs/hour), posted at prime squirrel xing locales.

    the best part was the whopping 137 sigs on this online petition thats been public since 2005.

    maybe "caution birds shitting" signs posted under trees are next. y'know, it didn't look like there was ant fee on www.petitiononline.com...

     

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