Road sign supplement (2), 'Sydney 2000', painted aluminium, Olympic Road Transport Authority, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, made c.2000
These blue aluminum plates, featuring the Sydney 2000 logo, were made for the Olympic Roads and Transport Authority (ORTA) to attach to standard clearway signs (for example, 2001/84/421). They indicated that clearway conditions were enforced for the duration of the Sydney 2000 Games. Their Sydney 2000 logo and Sydney blue background come from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Look and Image Guidelines that unified all visual elements of the Games. The plates belonged to a class of regulatory signage, called Olympic Routes, which indicated changed traffic conditions around Olympic venues.
Between November 1999 and September 2000, five Australian companies manufactured the directional and regulatory signage for use at the Sydney 2000 Games. Hunter Valley Signs and DeNeefe Signs manufactured 90 per cent of signage, while RMS Signs, Artcraft Signs and Barrier Signs manufactured the remaining10 per cent. All companies employed standard manufacturing processes by applying paint and reflective sheeting to panels of steel or aluminium.
Established in 1997, ORTA was responsible for coordinating and operating transit services for the Sydney 2000 Games. This was an immense task that included the management of traffic and main roadways, the expansion and coordination of rail and bus services, and the recruitment and training of drivers and volunteers. Their services proved invaluable during the Games when the number of CityRail passengers increased by 80 per cent per day, and the number of bus passengers by 50 per cent. In addition, they developed a three- category signage system that served transport providers and the general public.
The first category, Olympic Routes, marked roadways between the Olympic Village, sports venues and major areas of accommodation. It contained four levels of signage that served primary and secondary routes, spectator routes and special purpose routes for security personnel. (Primary routes were the direct routes to and between sports venues, while secondary routes were reserved in the event of a major incident or traffic congestion.) It also indicated changed traffic conditions, such as extensions to clearways.
The second category, Venue Surrounds, indicated three types of parking restrictions around the Games venues. Special Event parking, Olympic Client parking (for ORTA vehicles) and Access Restrictions to prevent congestion at Olympic Park. During the Games, parking infringements attracted inflated fines of AUD$343.
The third category, Non-Competition/Other Signage, served public areas both in and around the city. Its five levels indicated park-and- ride sites (parking areas connected to bus services to and from Olympic venues), pedestrian thoroughfares in the city, transport interchanges, bus routes to and from the airport, and clearways for special events, such as the torch relay and marathons.
The plates were designed to attach to standard clearway signage during the Sydney 2000 Games. Their Sydney 2000 logo and Sydney blue background come from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Look and Image Guidelines that unified all visual elements of the Games.
This aluminum plate, 'Unless Special Event Clearway Applies', was used by the Olympic Roads and Transport Authority (ORTA) to supplement standard clearway signs during the Sydney 2000 Games (for example, 2001/84/421). The signs and attaching plates appeared on primary routes between sports venues, indicating that the roadway was to remain free of parked cars from morning until evening during the Games.
These blue aluminum plates were made for the Olympic Roads and Transport Authority (ORTA) to attach to standard clearway signs (for example, 2001/84/421). They indicated that clearway conditions were in force for the duration of the Sydney 2000 Games.
Made for and owned by the Olympic Road and Transport Organisation and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after use in the Games.