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by Olga (subscribe)
Have been living in Melbourne for 10 years and absolutely love this city! Always looking for new things to explore and can't stay away from a bargain.
Published July 18th 2012
1. Beware of rhinos skateboarding in Melbourne?

No, Melbourne doesn't have rhinos that like to travel on skateboards (although if you do see one, beware!).

This is actually a Yarra Tram safety campaign to raise pedestrian's awareness of trams when walking near tram tracks. The Beware the Rhino campaign has proven to be very successful; the number of pedestrians involved in collisions with trams is down by 25% than the previous year so far.

Where I can see it?
The picture of the rhino can be found near tram stops, on trams and if you would like to take a photograph with a huge poster of the rhino (and who wouldn't?) you can find it at tram stop 22 on tram route 1.

2. Smile!

The City of Port Philip has put 'Smiles Per Hour Zone signs across its seven neighbourhoods to encourage the residents to be a bit friendlier.

I think the idea behind it as a positive one; a community where neighbours greet each other or even nod creates better atmosphere and a simple smile can lift your spirits.

However, I've only spotted just this one sign and it's in a poor location, hidden away. So there haven't been many smiles from me when I passed it by.

Where can I see it?
Scattered along the suburbs of Port Melbourne, South Melbourne Albert/Middle Park, St Kilda Rd, St Kilda, Elwood and Balaclava

3. Swans on the road!

This sign makes me smile every time I see it (perhaps this should replace the previous sign to lift our spirits?).

The sign is located at Lakeside Drive and warns drivers to give way to swans that wander from Albert Park Lake to the golf course and back again.

The reason why I like this sign so much is that it makes no sense at all. How can the swan be crossing the road if he's in the water? And if he's enjoying a swim (which by the picture it seems that he is) why is there a warning? I believe there should be a sign next to this one showing the swan getting out of the water towards the road.

Swans, Lakeside Drive
The swans know they have the right of way when they decide to cross the road and go back to the lake

Where can I see it?
Lakeside Driver, Albert Park
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My personal fave is the 'BUTT OUT' signs on ashtrays in the city. Never fails to amuse me.
by miche (score: 0|8) 2935 days ago
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