Kids at Play Signs
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I have seen the recent postings on this subject but was
wondering specifically about the signs I see on Colusa
(''Children at Play'') and San Lorenzo (''Slow Down. Children and
Pets at Play'') in North Berkeley. These are bright yellow signs
that residents have hung on trees and telephone poles. I'd like
to buy something similar for our speedway.
ACE Hardware in El Cerrito has these signs. you can find them in
the same area as the ''for sale'' signs, near the key-making area.
I am looking for a recommendation on where to buy those bright,
florescent kids at play signs, or something similar. Our house
in on a fairly busy, arterial street which has speed bumps that
most cars ignore while scraping their front bumpers racing over
them. I am hoping that hanging up a few of these signs on the
street might help the problem, if only a bit.
Otherwise, if anyone has any input on how I can get the city to
also help I would love to hear their experiences as well.
Tap Plastics on Portola Dr and San Pablo (one block north of
Moeser Lane near the DMV)in El Cerrito has many signs and also
custom signs. You can also order online, www.tapplastics.com.
I had some custom work done once at the El Cerrito shop and was
There is a sign shop right off I80, can't remember the name of
it, but you can see it from the frwy. They have lots of signs
pre-made, and can also make custom signs. Take the Gilman ave
exit, and get on the frontage road, i believe its right near
The Magazine furniture store. hope this will help!
I believe the Lillian Vernon catalog (www.lillianvernon.com)
As far as getting the city to help, it's not a permanent
solution, but you can call your local police department and
request additional ''enforcement'' (a cop laying a speed trap,
basically) on your street as often as possible. In the best
case, this would result in your street having a rep for speed
traps and cause a general slowdown at least among drivers who go
that way frequently.
there is a traffic sign store in Berkeley/Albany that you can
see from the freeway. If you are traveling North on 80/580, it
is on the right side. I think you get off at Gilman.
as for getting the city to post a sign, we tried that for our
street & were told that they can only be posted on streets where
a school, playground or park is a certain (very close) distance
away. we were able to get them to put up additional speed limit
BabyCenter.com sells a ''Kid's Play Zone Caution Sign'' online.
Here's the link:
While I sympathize completely with the desire to make your street
safer for kids, I for one would be very uncomfortable relying on
safety signs to make people slow down. After all, the bumps
haven't done it. This is more of a (lack of) consideration /
society issue than anything else. Too bad--I grew up playing in
the street too, but I would not let my kids do it now. There's
just no knowing whether the next car would pay attention.
The United Rental in Hayward sells road signs. There are
many United Rentals around, but not all of them sell signs
as each branch specializes in different markets.
I saw some at the Pinole Toys R Us in the bicycle department in
the back of the store. They are maybe about 2 feet high, shaped
like a child!, sits on the ground like a ''caution: wet'' sign
that you might see in a grocery store if someone drops something
and it glows in the dark. I didn't see how much they were
There is a sign store on the street next to highway 80 that
might carry what you are looking for. I don't know the name,
but it is between the Gilman and Buchanan exits.
I hope you find a helpful solution.
best of luck!
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