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Spotted: Pothole Warnings

These rogue road markings look like something out of Adam West–era Batman.


SPOTTED BY: Martin Reis

WHERE: Mostly in the Dovercourt Road area, around Queen Street West

WHEN: Over the past few weeks

WHAT: These handy, comic-book-style pothole warnings were spray-painted on west-end streets by the Urban Repair Squad, a group of pro-bicycle street-art vigilantes, whose work we’ve seen many times before. The idea here is to alert cyclists to dangerous road conditions, while also, presumably, letting City Hall know that its pothole crews have missed a few spots. The URS did this exact same thing in 2010.

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  • Bravo

    That’s nice. What would be nicer is if they called 311 instead.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      For all you know, they did.

      (A picture of that probably wouldn’t be as interesting.)

  • McKegs

    Can they please do Dovercourt Rd. north of Bloor as well. It’s pot hole city up here. So dangerous for cyclists.

    • HotDang

      You’re supposed to take Shaw.

  • Mark

    They should do this to dupont…but then the entire street would be blue. Its like the surface of the moon up there.

  • Joe Clark

    Though I know for a fact that Batman did not typeset its “advertiser’s flashes” in Hobo.