TfL messing around with colours again

TfL has a bit of a history of poor choices for the colour of services, Overground as a shade of orange that’s easily confused with the red of buses and the light orange of the coaches. Then there’s the confusion around red for buses and blue for TfL (and red and blue for Underground). Have a look at the roundels at the bottom. With colour playing such a huge roll in the sub-brands of services there really should be are more careful approach to the whole thing.

And now there’s cycle hire.

The new scheme takes its colour (apparently) from the main sponsors Barclays Bank. The only problem is that the colour is already used for river services:

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Needless to say, confusion may abound.

p.s. thanks to Martin Deutsch for the photos, I hope you don’t mind.

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The real question is, if you took away the text would you be able to tell me which is which?

Bus Flags of the world

Bus flags, sometimes know and Bus IDs are the minimum required signage for a location to be used as a bus stop. In most cases it’s a flat panel at the top of a pole. Sizes vary, as does the information on the flag.

Flag in this context seems to have two possible meanings: either the resemblance to a flag:

or the acting of waving your arm (like a flag) in order to get a bus to stop, also known as hailing:

So, what different kinds of bus flag will you find around the world? Continue reading “Bus Flags of the world”