As a cyclist, and therefore often a scofflaw and vagabond living in a world built for automobiles, it’s nice when someone in a authority reaches out to retroactively condone your actions, such as locking your bike to street furniture meant for other purposes (in this case, parking meters).

Exaptation in action. And who doesn’t like exaptation? (The New York Times Building, apparently, but that is well outside the scope of this entry.)

Strangely, the first time I saw this sticker, I thought that it might have been placed there by another scofflaw and not the City of New Haven—that the sticker wasn’t official. How and why do we imbue signs with authority?