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    Wore a sign on my back today and drivers were MUCH more courteous!

    I live in an area that is more "ginormous SUV"-friendly than bike friendly, so it's really not a surprise to me that I get honked at A LOT when I claim the lane on narrow country roads. (I do try to minimize my travel on those but they can't be entirely avoided.) This morning took the cake though - I was actually yelled at. So at work I made a variation of this sign: http://thehum.bostonbiker.org/files/...9/BMUFL-MA.pdf (I cut it off under the words "Full Lane".) I put it into a clear UPS label-holder (the kind you peel the back off and stick to a UPS envelope).

    I felt REALLY dorky walking out of my building with that on my back, as if wearing my bike gear doesn't get enough stares already. However, there was a noticeable difference in driver behavior. Not only did I not get honked at or yelled at, but drivers gave me much more room when passing and didn't try to speed up to get in front of me at a stop sign.

    I think I might try it again. Has anyone else worn a sign and had a similar (or not similar) experience?

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    I put red and blue xenon strobes on my rear rack powered by a 12 volt battery, just to see what the reaction would be like.

    I've never had so much empty road around me, ever! and there's no law against it here.

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    Interesting. I wish I had that sign while riding in the Metro DC area where there are no shoulders and heavy, impatient traffic.

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    I don't think I will do up a sign like that (for all 3 or so people who pass me in the evenings, and all zero in the morning?) but it's a cool idea. You not only got some space but you are spreading the word.
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    Where in Dallas are you riding? I commute in the Arlington area (mostly Randoll Mill and Center or Mesquite) and generally get by ok. Very rarely do I encounter a truly upset/enraged driver.

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    Nice job and good story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yammay View Post
    I think I might try it again. Has anyone else worn a sign and had a similar (or not similar) experience?
    I tried a "Honk If You're Horny" sign, but quickly retired it because it got me even more honks. (and a few propositions)
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    Quote Originally Posted by green427 View Post
    Interesting. I wish I had that sign while riding in the Metro DC area where there are no shoulders and heavy, impatient traffic.
    Dc is the worst, even in a car.

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    T-shirts or cycling jerseys for those that use those with this on the back would be a great idea..

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    My flashing tail light always gets me more space on the road, even in daylight. Without it I always get crowded, so I use it on my roadie now too.

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    My wife often finds "hit me" signs on my back when I get home. I don't know why.
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    thanks for sharing, I used to think of wearing a sign of some sort when I was commuting. something like: "thanks for sharing the road" but I like yours better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharrn View Post
    T-shirts or cycling jerseys for those that use those with this on the back would be a great idea..
    +1 !

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharrn View Post
    T-shirts or cycling jerseys for those that use those with this on the back would be a great idea..

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    Nice sign.

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    It's hard to say after only 1 ride if the sign had any affect. But it is a nice way to get the word out. Of course, it would be better if there was a real law behind it.

    There should be more emphasis in driver's ed about how to safely drive with cyclists on the road.
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    Drivers on Sycamore School Road in Fort Worth don't like giving me a full lane, in spite of the fact that there are six lanes. Maybe I'll try that sign.
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    If you think it would help, then try it out. After a discussion with other posters i've been thinking about "Official" or "Security" or something along those lines.
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    Link is broken for me so I can't see what the sign said.

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    LED Xmas lights work well too, but only in December. In May, people are likely to think you're just strange. (OTOH, maybe they'll give you a wider berth anyway, and that's the point, right?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjt78 View Post
    Link is broken for me so I can't see what the sign said.
    I had the same issue in Chrome, but it worked in Firefox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjt78 View Post
    Link is broken for me so I can't see what the sign said.
    Seriously! Link's broken for me too.

    A whole discussion about a sign, and it's not directly quoted anywhere within? Let alone a direct posting of it

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    I don't really have a problem with rude motorists but I would wear a shirt or jersey with that on the back just to spread the word.

    A U.S.Marines shirt or jersey is also an effective deterrent from motorist harassment.

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    Walkson2wheels, most of my ride is in the Southlake/Westlake area.

    Scroca, Texas law doesn't literally say that bikes can take the whole lane, but it does say that you have to ride within 3 feet of the side unless the lane is less than 14 ft wide with no bike lane (applies) or not wide enough for the bike and car to share the lane (also applies). That's close enough for me.

    I didn't realize the link wouldn't work for some - here's a small version of the sign.

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    Last edited by yammay; 05-11-11 at 04:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yammay View Post
    I live in an area that is more "ginormous SUV"-friendly than bike friendly, so it's really not a surprise to me that I get honked at A LOT when I claim the lane on narrow country roads. (I do try to minimize my travel on those but they can't be entirely avoided.) This morning took the cake though - I was actually yelled at. So at work I made a variation of this sign: http://thehum.bostonbiker.org/files/...9/BMUFL-MA.pdf (I cut it off under the words "Full Lane".) I put it into a clear UPS label-holder (the kind you peel the back off and stick to a UPS envelope).

    I felt REALLY dorky walking out of my building with that on my back, as if wearing my bike gear doesn't get enough stares already. However, there was a noticeable difference in driver behavior. Not only did I not get honked at or yelled at, but drivers gave me much more room when passing and didn't try to speed up to get in front of me at a stop sign.

    I think I might try it again. Has anyone else worn a sign and had a similar (or not similar) experience?
    Excellent idea and results!

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