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    This stencil keeps poping up.

    This stencil is poping up everywhere around Huntsville. It's always in the proper lane position for bikes. The thing I like about it is it's practically invisible to cagers, but peds can see it. Are these showing up anywhere else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatMaster View Post
    This stencil is poping up everywhere around Huntsville. It's always in the proper lane position for bikes. The thing I like about it is it's practically invisible to cagers, but peds can see it. Are these showing up anywhere else?
    That is what is passing for a Sharrow...maybe they are a bit short in the paint budget? They should look more like this monster!

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    I don't think it's anything official. Someone just goes out with a stencil at night and paints it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    That is what is passing for a Sharrow...maybe they are a bit short in the paint budget? They should look more like this monster!

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    too bad they didn't center those sharrow signs so that a cyclist traveling down the center of them was out of the door zone.

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    I've never seen that particular version of a sharrow symbol referenced in articles about traffic design standards. Neither have I seen - online or otherwise - such a thing in blue.

    I smell vigilante VC lane - done by an absolute idiot (definitely so, if they thought blue would suffice).

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    Could be a discrete route marker for some bike race or training course? Are you friendly with any of the local clubs and can ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    too bad they didn't center those sharrow signs so that a cyclist traveling down the center of them was out of the door zone.
    Actually if you are centered up on them you are out of the door zone. I ride this stretch of road at least once a week. These things are huge.

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    Yehuda Moon at work.

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    Someone around here put a cape on the symbol in the bike lane with "bicycle man," written below it. These both entertain and empower me. Unrelated, someone also painted snakes around the plane on the airport signs...I especially enjoy these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek98 View Post
    Yehuda Moon at work.
    and this
    Quote Originally Posted by lightningcow View Post
    Someone around here put a cape on the symbol in the bike lane with "bicycle man," written below it. These both entertain and empower me. Unrelated, someone also painted snakes around the plane on the airport signs...I especially enjoy these.
    made me smile like this ->


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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatMaster View Post
    This stencil is poping up everywhere around Huntsville. It's always in the proper lane position for bikes. The thing I like about it is it's practically invisible to cagers, but peds can see it. Are these showing up anywhere else?
    I hope not. It's a Wal-Mart bike.

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    I like it. But it looks like it's meant to be art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
    I like it. But it looks like it's meant to be art.
    It IS my favorite color of BLUE, though.

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    did you check huntsville for a bike master plan? they may be part of an improvement plan to facilitate lawful road bicycling in huntsville thru a variety of bicycling enhancements like sharrows and arterial bike lanes..

    as far as i've read, blue is not approved for that type of road signing and may be either provisional or guerilla sharrows.
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    They must be official. We have some of them in Oceanside, on Pacific Street. It's kind of nice, because it's a major thoroughfare for cyclists riding to San Clemente or the San Luis Rey River Trail, but there is also a lot of beach-parking traffic there, which is prone to door opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    You don't seem to understand that those sharrow markings (which are identical to wahoonc's) are not one and the same with the OP.

    How can you honestly say the stencils posted by the OP "must be official," if they have neither the color nor design of the approved signage?

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    I should have put something for scale there too. Not more than 10'' accross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    You don't seem to understand that those sharrow markings (which are identical to wahoonc's) are not one and the same with the OP.

    How can you honestly say the stencils posted by the OP "must be official," if they have neither the color nor design of the approved signage?
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    My mistake. I was referring to the stencils in Wahoonc's photo. The OP's blue stencils are clearly not official.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    My mistake. I was referring to the stencils in Wahoonc's photo. The OP's blue stencils are clearly not official.
    Ok - I understand now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Actually if you are centered up on them you are out of the door zone. I ride this stretch of road at least once a week. These things are huge.

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    Are you kidding?

    The center of the "^" marking looks to be no more than 3 feet from the edge of the parking spot. That puts the right side of your handlebars about 2 feet from the edge of parked cars.

    How many cars have doors that stick out less than 2 feet?

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    Officially cool, though.

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    A "Dan Henry" for an organized ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairyman View Post
    Are you kidding?

    The center of the "^" marking looks to be no more than 3 feet from the edge of the parking spot. That puts the right side of your handlebars about 2 feet from the edge of parked cars.

    How many cars have doors that stick out less than 2 feet?
    That was my thought too. Much too close to parked vehicles. It needs to be for the furthest opening door from a vehicle parked as far right as allowable in the marked parking spot.

    A sharrow centered 5' from the left side of the marked parking spot would be about right.

    Also if there was a vehicle parked in that handicapped spot before the intersecting driveway/side street I would want to be riding in the left tire track of the lane for maximum visibilty for any vehicle potentially pulling out that would be blocked by the handicapped vehicles(which can often be vans)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feldman View Post
    A "Dan Henry" for an organized ride?
    Maybe, but not likely. DH marks typically have an arrow designating your next turn; unless they're using the high-school cross-country designations of
    yellow = left turn
    red = right turn
    blue = straight
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Maybe, but not likely. DH marks typically have an arrow designating your next turn; unless they're using the high-school cross-country designations of
    yellow = left turn
    red = right turn
    blue = straight
    These aren't posted where turns would be for a route, but strangely, I did see a yellow one today near the LBS. I don't remember exactly where it was, but that would agree with blue stencils being in a place that doesn't necessarily indicate a turn. The mystery deepens.
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