Chris Graham: Facebook conundrum
Some signs, Heather Chandler noticed, had one tape band, others two, others three.
“Not every sign at any given corner has the tape,” she Facebooked.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason.
“Does anyone know the reason for this tape?”
I get engaged in that effort by another Facebook friend.
“If he doesn’t know, he’ll want to know!” Mary Sproles Martin comments on the Facebook thread, by way of getting me on the case.
Within a few minutes, I’m e-mailing the city manager, Mike Hamp, who gets back to me in short order, telling me that he’s not sure at first glance, but will check.
Before an hour is up we have our answer.
“Our staff perceived an increase in signs being hit by vehicles,” Hamp e-mailed me, explaining that the strips of tape were actually scraps and were applied simply with the intention of increasing visibility.
“The scrap factor explains why some signs have more than others, and the apparent randomness I assume relates to signs that were more vulnerable, but I am only speculating,” Hamp e-mailed.
Bottom line: Scraps, promote visibility, reduce hitting of signs.
Hamp added that the program has been discontinued.
I shared the answer from Hamp on the Facebook thread.
“Thank you Chris – it is good to know that it’s not some kind of alien navigation system,” Chandler commented after.
With Martin adding: “Of course, it isn’t a very exciting explanation!”