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Watch that bumper!

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City signs give notice of errant parking on Main St.

It’s a miniature poem with a point that is drawing the attention of some downtown shop owners, although others say they haven’t seen it yet.

The rhyming words on several metal lampposts along Main Street read, “If your bumper sticks out into the street, an officer you will surely meet.” The words refer to the bumpers of vehicles extending beyond a recently-painted white line at the back of parking spaces on Main Street. It is on both portions of north and south Main in downtown – between Pine and Spring streets. The stretch of South Main Street, between Chestnut and Pine streets is narrower than North Main.

The signs serve as a cautionary note and were recently approved by the City of Bastrop. They have a 6-month moratorium before tickets are actually given out, a city spokesperson said.

Some motorists are sliding over into two spots to keep their bumper inside a recently painted white line on Main Street.

Some motorists are sliding over into two spots to keep their bumper inside a recently painted white line on Main Street.

“It’s funny and well needed,” said Linda Kjellberg, a watercolorist who has a shop in the Bridges Emporium building on Main Street. “Those pickups stick out into the street. If one is on one side of Main Street, and another pickup is on the other side – you are toast” if you’re a motorist trying to get through, Kjellberg added.

“I haven’t seen it, but I like it – nice!” declared Jill Steiner, owner of Liza Jane boutique on Main Street.

A volunteer at the Bastrop Art Guild’s gallery on Main Street, who asked her name not be used, added, “I haven’t had any comments about the sign. I saw it, it was cute. Surely it means you can’t have trucks stick out. And luckily I drive a small car.”

“The signs are good – they’ve finally done something about people whose bumpers stick out,” said Dee Dee Peddy, owner of Cripple Creek and Company on Main.

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