There has been quite a bit of talk about sandwich boards being an issue in downtown Fredericton. Some people find them annoying, others consider them a hazard, yet most people just ignore them. Here are some examples of signs and how they are placed:

Series of 3 sandwich board signs

Here, we see three of them placed right next to the building, generally out of the way, only partially intruding onto the width of the sidewalk. Most of the sandwich boards are like this.


This one is particularly bad as it is really short. If you aren’t looking where you’re going, you could very easily trip over this one. People who text while they walk are most at risk with this one. Note the footprints in the snow and see how that sign goes right over the ones on the edge.


This one was the worst one I saw, it’s right in the middle of the sidewalk. Yes, it’s a wide sidewalk, but does it really have to be in the middle?


This is the best one I saw. It’s out of the way between a telephone pole and a tree. The store owners solved the visibility problem with balloons.

The simplest solution is to make all the sandwich boards go in the space between the sidewalk and the street. That way, they’re out of the way and the store owners will still get some visibility.