Large 30mph speed sign painted on house in Bow, Devon


A man in Devon paints a 15ft, 30mph sign on the side of his house to remind motorists of the speed limit.

A man has painted a 30mph sign the height of a double decker bus on the side of his house in a Devon village.

Tim Backhouse, who moved to Bow two years ago, said he hoped the 15ft (4.5m) sign would slow traffic.

He said speeding traffic on the A3072 made it difficult to cross the road to get to the village shop.

Devon County Council said its own tests revealed most drivers kept to the 30mph (48km/h) limit but it was aware of residents' concerns.

"Bow has a shop 300 yards (274m) outside the village perimeter which a lot of pedestrians walk to," Mr Backhouse said.

'Almost hit'

"There's no safe crossing point, the pavement runs out near a corner and it would be just about OK if vehicles did do 30mph, but they don't.

"Since we moved to the village two years ago, we've witnessed a few instances where people have almost been hit by vehicles."

He said he wanted a pedestrian crossing to be installed in the village.

Stuart Hussey, who also lives in Bow, said most traffic "and especially the lorries" did not keep to the 30mph limit.

"All it is is a sign on a wall and if it works, great," he added.

The county council said it had built a footpath to the shop, which Mr Backhouse said residents were grateful for.

The council also said its speed checks recorded an average speed of 27.2mph in the 30mph zone.

A spokesman said: "We're aware of concerns about the speed of traffic through the village, and local police have worked with the community on enforcement issues."

Mr Backhouse said he painted the sign as part of Road Safety Week UK and would paint over it on 5 December.


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    Comment number 150.

    The ignorance of drivers is quite unbelieveable at times. People on the roads whether it be in cars, lorries, on cycles or motorbikes create the problems but not all of them are down to younger or older drivers - its sheer ignorance or arrogrance or a combination of both.
    I dont see anything wrong with the sign and anything that highlights an issue can only be a positive. Good for him!!!

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    Comment number 142.

    The police speed check in our road was conveniently placed in the one place traffic has to conform to the limit. Despite complaints it was not moved but the data was still used to refuse our application for speed calming measures. I love his speed sign, ugly but it makes the point.

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    Comment number 132.

    Good for him. What a refreshing change after seeing so many "somebody should do something about it" comments on HYS And he didnt even sit in a tent for a few weeks either!

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    Comment number 113.

    I am not sure why the police advertise their speed checks. In Germany the police actually make an effort to hide their cameras. The speed signs are there for everyone to see. If you don't want to abide by the law, you have to pay up. Simples.

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    Comment number 106.

    Not a good idea in my view as this creates yet another distraction for drivers.

    What is needed, most of all, is education, education, education - of drivers. In my own view, just as a car must go through an MOT on a regular basis - so should drivers - although I'd say drivers ought to undergo a "fitness to drive" test every five years irrespective of age, occupation, medical condition etc.


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