Cayman needs more street signs

| 18/03/2018

Ask Auntie, CNS Local Life, Caymanian statusWell, Auntie, since the National Roads Authority is winning all kinds of Ask Auntie accolades and awards, how about asking them to do a better job on road signage, or perhaps ask them about the lack thereof? For those of us who have been around a while and know our way around it’s not an issue, but it would make for far easier and safer travel for tourists. One example of the many missing street signs is the North Sound Rd/Shedden intersection. I can easily name another 20. Around George Town, one-way street indicators and “Do Not Enter” signage are severely lacking. I have seen more than a few rental cars travel the wrong way down one-way streets simply because of lack of signage.

Auntie’s answer: Having driven down a one-way street and encountered a tourist coming the wrong way in a rental car toward me (I pulled over as far as I could and waited for the “deer in the headlights” driver to navigate out of trouble), I understand your concern.

I approached the NRA and an official immediately asked for the places where you think there should be signs, so the authority could look at those and “do (their) best to accommodate” your suggestions. I explained I could not contact you since your question was sent in anonymously.

However, if you or any other reader has suggestions, complaints and ideas, you can make them in the comments below and I can draw them to the attention of the NRA.

You can also contact the NRA directly by calling (946-7780) or emailing. If any reader does contact the authority about adding more signs, please let me know and I will follow up with them.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You had over 250,000 American stay-over tourists in the first 9 months of 2017. They don’t know where anything is. If you want them to be in the proper lane at roundabouts, you need clearly marked signs far enough in advance to be able to change lanes. And how come only side streets have signs?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not just street signs but street lighting as well. Certain parts of the West Bay Road for example (pre Dart construction), because the lighting is so bad, it is impossible to see pedestrians etc in the center crosswalk lane.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As an American tourist, I found the speed MPH limit signs confusing since driving in Europe the round signs with the red border, to me, signifies kilometres rather then miles.. But whatever. You can make it up as you go along.

    • Anonymous says:

      its not just tourists. Plenty of local plates driving at 40 kph instead of 40 mph (for example) as the cheap Japanese import cars only have kph on the spedometer

      • Anonymous says:

        Always thought a dual speed limit sign with MPH and KPH would be helpful since we have cars from all around the world here.

        • Anonymous says:

          Amen to that! The reality of an abundance of cars with KPH speedometers makes this necessity a no brainer! Post the speed limit in MPH/KPH and avoid a lot of frustrated and ‘road-raged’ drivers!

    • Anonymous says:

      The speed signs in Cayman are identical to the ones in the UK, including being in MPH.