Monday, August 24, 2015

For Bad Dad...

...who says that the absence of a turn signal is a signal of intent to go straight. He's had way too many drivers nearly turn into him while he is bicycling. He asked how to get one of these stickers for his bike.

I doubt drivers can read a bumper sticker on a bike frame. As a public service announcement, I'm going to post it here. Spread the word.

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  1. Anonymous22:44

    That's a great bumper sticker. Here in Vancouver that goes for cyclists too. Maybe one in a hundred actually makes a hand signal. It's terrifying.
    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. It's hard to take your hands off the handlebars to make a hand signal in many situations. I took a defensive bicycling class w/ the Boulder PD and the trainer told us to stick out our R or L arm to signal a R or L turn and skip the slowing/braking sign. Our loss of speed and the situation should make that obvious to others.

      If we are on going downhill and cannot take a hand off the handlebar, then turn our head and look R or L to signal our turning intent.

      Car drivers need to learn the bicyclist signals.

      Cars, with their built-in turn signals, should definitely use theirs. After all, they have 3000+ pounds on their side against a bike in a collision.

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  2. This really ought to be in a mirror font so that you could place it on the front of your car. On the rear bumper the personal impact is much lower.

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    1. That's an excellent idea!

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  3. A problem here in Denver is bicyclists who play a version of "chicken" with cars. At a "Yield" sign for pedestrians, and no one in sight, I proceeded driving my car and nearly hit a young man who whizzed out in front of me; bushes had hidden him from my sight. He did not check to see if any cars were coming and I nearly ended his young life right there. My boss had a bicycle built for two, with a red light, drive right in front of her as she turned. And don't get me started on their black clothes, no lights, on tree-lined streets, at dusk. I give a little prayer of thanks every time I see the man in his fluorescent green jacket with the huge headlight on his bike.

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    1. Have you heard of Strava?
      http://www.bicycling.com/culture/advocacy/strava-files
      http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/did-a-cycling-app-contribute-to-bike-death.html

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