The number of road signs and plates on five streets in central Moscow has been decreased from 832 to 593 – almost 33 percent. The removal of 239 signs was made possible by an experiment to introduce combined and smaller road signs. Signs measuring 50 x 50 centimetres have been placed on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street and on Granatny and Bryusov pereuloks. The road signs on Malaya Nikitskaya Street and Skaryatinsky Pereulok are 40 x 40 centimetres. The size of a standard road sign is 70 x 70 centimetres.
"We no longer use information signs such as Disabled and Paid Services, having combined them with other road signs, which is much more convenient for the visual perception of information,” Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.
The experiment with smaller road signs is being carried out on the instructions of the State Commission for Road Safety, headed by First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. Smaller road signs have been effectively used in many cities around the world. They fit better in the urban space and blend well with the new image of the city centre.
"The reduction in the size and number of road signs will allow the city to cut expenses on purchasing and installation, Mr Liksutov said. The smaller size of the new road signs will not have a negative effect on road safety.