Wednesday, January 4

NYC Street Signs

Did you know that the Federal Highway Administration is requiring cities across the country to swap out street signs with only uppercase letters to signs with a combination of upper and lowercase letters?  Studies show that people find words printed in only uppercase letters more difficult to read, and the FHA says the switch will improve motorist safety. 

New York City began the process last year and plans to finish replacing the city’s 250,000 street signs by 2018.  This change will cost a whopping $110 per sign, $27.6 million in total!

I read about this last year and didn’t think much of it until I went back to Indianapolis where all the street signs are written in a combination of upper and lowercase letters.  It really is so much easier to distinguish words from distance.

Photo Credit: NY Daily News

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