This is not the first time I’ve spotted something like this: real estate agent signs blocking bike lanes.
I’m not sure why anybody who thought about it for more than a second would think it was a good idea to leave signs there. Cyclists would either be forced out into traffic, or if they didn’t notice the signs, collide with them.
In this case, I decided to move the signs out of the way. They were still quite visible to passing motorists — along with a plethora of other signage nearby.
— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) May 29, 2016
Granted the bike lane isn’t very wide at this point anyway, but whether the cyclist uses the lane or takes the traffic lane should be up to them.
It’s not the first time something like this has happened. From my observations, this particular location (Neerim Road, Glenhuntly) has been problematic for some weeks.
Real estate agents are also notorious for blocking footpaths. The photo below was snapped just after a lady with a mobility aid struggled to pass this giant flag.
Some agents have been fined for this.
This is good to see: Knox City Council fines Barry Plant Real Estate over ‘obstructive’ auction signs and flags https://t.co/jii6m0wSx2
— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) December 10, 2015
It’s a similar issue to the illegal parking of vehicles over footpaths. While able-bodied people can walk around, those with prams and mobility aids often can’t. They might be forced onto damp or difficult-to-navigate nature strips, or even out onto the road.
Real estate agents obviously need to promote their properties, and make sure that people can find them. But they need to find a way that doesn’t involve blocking bike lanes and footpaths.
After I approached Hodges last year about the footpath instance pictured above, they said they were looking into ways of preventing that in the future, which is good to know. For instance smaller flags above the footpath users might work well.
So far, Castran Gilbert have been silent, but I hope they’re reviewing their practices.
Update 5pm: They have now responded. It’ll be interesting to see what action they take, and whether the issue continues.
We take this matter very seriously & have reminded our team of the correct practices. Thanks @danielbowen for bringing this to our attention
— Castran Gilbert (@CastranGilbert) May 30, 2016