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bluegoatwoods 12-31-13 07:57 PM

I don't doubt it's well intentioned.

But I shudder to think of those drivers being given legal sanction to laaaaaayy on the horn from a few feet behind us. Like they really need to be encouraged.

Unintended consequence.

FBinNY 12-31-13 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by bluegoatwoods (Post 16371721)
I don't doubt it's well intentioned.

But I shudder to think of those drivers being given legal sanction to laaaaaayy on the horn from a few feet behind us. Like they really need to be encouraged.

Unintended consequence.

People are people and laws don't change their attitudes. If someone wants to lay on the horn behind you he will law or no law. OTOH - if a basically courteous driver wants to let you know he's there he'll give you a short tap from a distance behind you.

Recently the county's bus line send drivers a memo instructing them to tap the horn before overtaking a bicycle. About 1/3 or the drivers do so, but all the drivers pass safely, reducing speed and leaving a wide margin. Those who do use the horn do it from well back and use only a short tap. It's kinda nice because it lets me know the driver saw me and is adjusting. OTOH- I always know when trucks and buses see me as they approach from behind because I hear the downshift, change in engine sound, and/or hiss of the air brakes.

It's when I hear a large vehicle coming up behind with nothing to indicate he's adjusting for me, that I sweat.


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