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Old 20.09.2007, 00:47
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I am completely confused about road, street, and other signs here in Lugano. I have seen circles around things and x's on some. I went to a train station with a bike and the guy in front of me pointed to a sign that had a bike on it with a red circle around it. He was tellng me bikes were not allowed. I see simliar signs with picures of dogs and others with pictures of dogs on leashes.

I see blue signs with a red X on them and some that are red with a white line through them. Then, to add to the issue, I just read a posting about traveling w/ bikes a someone said: "if a train has a bicycle symbol with a line through it then you know that bikes are not allowed." I have not seen this sign yet.

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1) is there a source for interpreting signs in Switzerland?
2) are the signs uniform throughout Switzreland? If so, ok. If not, is there a source that details the differences?

Note: I bought a book to help me learn the Italian language and such. It also includes road signs. I quickly learned that Italian language books assume you are in Italy and that Italy and Switzerland do not have the same signs.
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Old 20.09.2007, 03:07
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Re: signs

This table is nearly complete (it lacks the direction signs). There's a list of the sign names that will hopefully help you. The majority of Swiss signs is international.

There's a little system behind the sign shapes and colors:
  • Red triangles warn against a danger
  • Red circles prohibit something (you've encountered the no cycling sign / the stopping restriction which was the red X on blue background / the red one with a white bar marks the exit of a one way street)
  • Blue circles order to do something
  • Blue rectangles have an informational character
The direction signs are color-coded, too:
  • Green stands for autobahn
  • Blue = main road
  • White = side road
  • Orange = detour, often without a destination name on it
  • White with red dot = company
  • Yellow = military structure
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Re: signs

Just an additional comment:

The signs are international in the sense that the shapes and colours of the red/white/blue ones mean the same all over Europe. In the US they(you?) prefer to write everything rather than using symbols.

I think the second group is a national standard, even if most countries a particular colour for motorway signs.

Perhaps the different approaches are due to the multitude of languages in Europe versus fear of lawsuits due to interpretation of symbols in the US?
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Re: signs

Sorensen is right, the direction sign colors are only national. Some European countries use blue for autobahn and green for main roads, for example.

I know two kinds of pictograms, the train station/airport kind which are mostly self-explanatory. Regrettably there's no list where all are explained. One of the more important ones is the self control symbol that states that no tickets are sold in the train:



The second kind are the pictograms that declare dangerous properties of substances on labels. The official list can be found here in mediocre image quality.

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Re: signs

Actually, the cut and paste didn't work there; try http://www.ideamerge.com/motoeuropa/roadsigns/
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Re: signs

If you have a bike and cycle on the roads you could do worse than study the local traffic rules and signs. For everyone's safety not just curiosity...It's even important to know for walking, crossing roads etc.
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Actually, the cut and paste didn't work there; try http://www.ideamerge.com/motoeuropa/roadsigns/
I like how the green rectangle sign for the Swiss 100 km/h "Autostrasse" is translated as pseudo motorway.
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Re: signs

Here is a guide to the signs for non-motorised routes (Hiking, cycling etc.)

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