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Old 08-12-06, 01:30 PM   #1
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Jersey or Shirt back Message for Motorists?

I have noticed a few mentions here of riders either having or considering to put some type of message on their back for motorists to read. Obviously it couldn't be much more than two or three large words to have any effect. It seems to me that this could provide at least a small benefit to rider safety, and/or driver enlightenment.


Pass Safely
Share the Road
Support your local POLICE
Something else?
Nothing at all?

Your thoughts please.
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Old 08-12-06, 01:45 PM   #2
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A big arrow pointing to the left with a caption "Pass a minimum of three feet that way"
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A big arrow pointing to the left with a caption "Pass a minimum of three feet that way"
I've seen this on a jersey. The arrow and caption were on a "yield sign" type graphic. I complemented the wearer, but I forgot to ask where he got it.
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You are assuming that the drivers that need to read the message see you at all...

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Old 08-12-06, 04:49 PM   #7
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You are assuming that the drivers that need to read the message see you at all...

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And you're assuming drivers can read in full sentances in the first place.
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That explains why when I drive, I completely loose my ability to comprehend street signs. Consequently, it takes my 3 times as long due to the aimless driving.

My suggestion:
If you can read this, back the f off!
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Old 08-12-06, 05:31 PM   #9
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They gotta be short.
Maximum 5 words on 3 lines.
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How about a big STOP sign on your back. Or a target.
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Team Armed & Dangerous... with a shoulder-holstered 9mm included in the artwork.

Seriously though, I've suggested to at least one advocacy leader in Georgia that it would be nice to work out an arrangement between Georgia Bikes and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to allow the use of the GSH seal as the centerpiece of a Georgia Bike's advocacy jersey. Perhaps placing "Share the Road" above the seal and "It's the Law" below it.



Of course, what I think cyclists and cycling agencies across the country need to do is to follow the lead of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and their "Justice for All" program (aka, kill a biker go to jail) and create a similar nation wide effort to get driver accountability back under control.



As I've mentioned in this forum before, I have a real problem with the official DOT "Share the Road" signs that depict a bicycle in profile on a "road hazard" sign analogous to a deer, school crossing, children playing sign instead of on a square black on white regulatory sign that would remind motorists that yielding to cyclists was just as much a part of their responsibility as following the speed limit and other road regulations.

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"POLITE" using uppercase letters
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"POLITE" using uppercase letters
I like that.

How about the time honored and familiar: SHARE THE ROAD or maybe: PLEASE SHARE THE ROAD

It needs to be available in reflective letters as well!
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How about "Get Out of Your Cage!"
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Assuming they'd even stop!
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Now think about it, you want to distract a driver by having them try to read a t-shirt form a distance on a potentially hunched over rider?
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