In one of the worst ideas to come out of our fair city in quite some time, Shanghai authorities are apparently asking locals what they think about removing English names from road signs.
Currently, signs in Shanghai have street names printed in both Chinese and English (mostly Pinyin), and apparently this reasonable design that is common across China isn’t working for some. Shanghai Daily reports Wang Weifang, Shanghai Road Administration Bureau Division Chief, believes that the English road names really aren’t all that useful.
Wang argues that if the English road names were removed, that would then leave more room to enlarge the Chinese characters on the signs, making them easier to read for both drivers and pedestrians.
See how much better that is!
Still, Wang isn’t crazy enough to suggest that English be banned from traffic signs all around the city. “Of course we will keep the English-Chinese traffic signs around some special areas, such as the tourism spots, CBD areas and some transport hubs,” Wang says.
The bureau has apparently opened up Wang’s awful idea for discussion. They are currently canvassing opinions from residents and have launched an online poll asking locals what they think. Of course, the poll is only in Chinese. If you want your voice to be heard, then brush up on your characters by August 30th, when the poll ends.
Officials will use the results of the poll and the opinions of experts to decide what should be done.