Friday, June 15, 2018

Bikes as advertisements?

OPINION:  This red bike adjacent to Banner Bank has been advertising "Three Lions Pub" for over 10 days now.  When driving on 164th it's easy to get distracted by the "sign" at this busy intersection, posing a hazard.  In addition, the advertisement takes up bike docking space. I reported this to the city's Code Enforcement Officer since there's an ordinance governing the placement of signs.  It's interesting this novel advertisement was placed right next to Banner Bank where the past President of One Redmond works.  A Lime bike share was placed in the same location for over a week about a month ago. In my opinion, especially with the redevelopment of Sears, the Mayor should hire a third Code Enforcement officer to enforce an amended sign and the pending bike share ordinance.

B. Yoder  


Paige Norman said...

I think the City should review their advertisement ordinance. It's punitive to not allow stores to advertise -- especially in our growing city. For instance, Big5, CostPlus and 24HourFitness are NOT ALLOWED to post signs on the sidewalk at Bear Creek Parkway to advertise their businesses. However, Bartell Drugs has a lit sign at the Parkway that's apparently allowed.

To some it might be "litter" but to businesses it's likely the difference between profit and folding.

And, perhaps the City ought to be more accepting of other ways to advertise in a city climate that really isn't very small business friendly.

Bob Yoder said...

For the most part, I think the city allows one sandwich advertising board per business. There's a chiropractor who puts up 3 in a row on a regular basis. Visual clutter and "liter."
The number of sandwich boards in the 132nd / Old Redmond Road mall are outrageous. The sign pollution here is bad I wouldn't go into one of those shops.....except for Down Pour coffee bar....they don't advertise with the boards...they don't have to. I found a fancy metal advertisement sign of a coffee shop right on the Sammamish River Trail. It was dangerous too. There has to be a limit somewhere. They need to get them off the sidewalks too. Bikers use them when there's no lane.

David Carson said...

The way I read the Redmond Zoning Code section that pertains to temporary signs, the Three Lions "bike sign" is illegal because it has just the "sole purpose" of advertising. I guess you could make the case that because it's a vehicle that it's not got just a sole purpose but then E14 wouldn't make any sense the way it's written since it specifically pertains to vehicles which have the purpose of transportation as well as, in this case, advertising. I think if you remove the word "sole" this makes more sense and there's no confusion.

Redmond Zoning Code

From the Definitions section:

Vehicle. An operable or inoperable self-propelled device used for the transportation of people or goods over land, air, or water surfaces.

RZC 21.44 Signs

21.44.010 Signs and Street Graphics

E. Prohibited Signs. The following signs are prohibited:
14. Any sign placed or attached to a vehicle, vessel, or trailer parked on public or private property for the sole purpose of advertising a business, product, or service identification.