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February 16, 2004 12:22 AM

Broken: Barcelona sign

Jesus Encinar writes:

A friend sent me this picture from Barcelona.


That's enough to make a directionally impaired guy like me go into a complete meltdown... :)

Posted by: codeman38 at February 16, 2004 12:00 PM

This sign is NOT broken!!!

I live in Barcelona (origianlly from Colorado). Here in Barcelona, the majority of the streets are one way. The 2 way streets here, unlike the the 2-way streets in the States, rarely have a left turn lanes. Therefore, if you want to turn left, you have to turn right and follow the one way streets in a big loop around to end up going left on your desired street. A pain, yes, but like most European cities, streets for cars were derived from streets that have existed for centuries before cars even existed, so that's just how it is due to size constraints.

So, the sign is correct. If you are travelling north on the 2- way street that borders the "Centro Commercial", you have to turn right and follow the arrows around the block to finally end up entering in the top entrance. If you are travelling south you have the option of turning right on that 1-way street and entering the top entrance, or continuing down and entering the entrance on the left on the 2-way street.

Trust me folks - this sign is a HUGE step forward here in Spain, where finding your way from point A to B can be rather an adventure for lack of information...

Posted by: Steve Peterson at February 17, 2004 01:07 AM

Am I the only one thinking this could be simpler, though?

Posted by: never mind that at February 19, 2004 10:37 AM

It actually cannot be simpler, except for maybe colour-coding. Unfortunately, Spain is exactly that. In fact, the highways currently there are two strips of two because originally the highways were one lane (!!)... All of Spain's major cities are like this, Barcelona is the most offensive.

Posted by: practicallyliveinspain at February 20, 2004 06:41 PM

It's broke dude.

Posted by: john at February 29, 2004 06:56 AM

It is broken, but the only way to fix it would be to demolish all of Barcelona, and then rebuild with bigger streets.

Posted by: Patrick at March 10, 2004 01:34 PM

Why does this make me want to yell, "Hut! Hut! Hike!"

Posted by: Hemmy at March 19, 2004 12:45 PM

I believe we've addressed this problem in the United States a little more succinctly with the "no left turn" sign or a left-pointing arrow with a circle and line through it.

Posted by: Rich Martin at March 30, 2004 05:28 PM

a no left turn sign doesn't tell you how to actually arrive at a location left of where you are, however. this leads you to go down arbitrary roads until you finally end up at your destination (hopefully). this sign tells you how to actually get around, despite the inability to turn left.

Posted by: bh at June 28, 2004 04:26 PM

Hey! That's "Shopping Mall" in Spanish! I'm mentioning that because I have done so well in Spanish class!

Posted by: Seth Nelson at August 29, 2004 12:43 AM

i don't see a picture

Posted by: jon at December 25, 2004 11:46 PM

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